Raúl Prebisch was the main political and intellectual leadership of Eclac. He formulated the inaugural theses of what would have come to be known as Latin American structuralism. After more than 70 years of publication of the Commission’s first study on Latin America, the present article systematizes and analyzes critically Prebisch’s theoretical formulations entangled in the formation of Eclac. After describing his political and intellectual trajectory, the paper analyzes the first three documents he produced as part of the Commission: The Economic Development of Latin America and Some of its Main Problems (1949); Growth, Balance and Disparities: Interpretation of the Economic Development Process (1950); and Theoretical and Practical Problems of Economic Growth (1951).
Raúl Prebisch; Eclac; Latin American structuralism; center-periphery system; Latin America