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Future Challenges

One persistent South American problem that may increase in significance in the 21st century is the marginalized poor, often Native American, citizens who believe they have not benefited from the nation state and who have no faith in the so-called democracy of political parties. Urban-based neighborhood groups are also emerging as a new force on the political scene. Continued urban growth still produces megalopolitan problems, most notably air pollution, water shortages, and infrastructural decline.

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