Market Reforms in Mexico: Coalitions,Institutions,and the Politics of Policy Change

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Overview

The last two decades saw a host of governments abandon statist development models for more market-friendly ones. However, not all reform attempts fared equally well. Why do some governments succeed in implementing market reforms while others fail? Why might the same government succeed in one policy area but not another? Market Reforms in Mexico explores these central questions by examining Mexico's reform experience in privatization, deregulation, and environmental policy. More than simply a book on 'Mexican politics,' this study speaks to the broader political dynamics behind the success or failure to implement reforms; first, by assessing new policy initiatives in multiple arenas across presidential administrations in Mexico, then by comparing Mexico's privatization experience to that of Argentina's. Through structured, focused comparison of select case studies, the author argues that the fate of dramatic reform initiatives turned on coalition politics (both inside and outside the state), and explains how institutional dynamics and the capacity to solve the problem of policy 'costs' strongly affected reformers' prospects of success.

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Editorial Reviews

Latin American Politics and Society
Market Reforms in Mexico goes beyond the first-generation efforts to explain (or ignore) the politics of reform, and complements works emphasizing coalition politics. It is nicely written and easily accessible even to the undergraduate student.
Choice
Recommended for upper-division undergraduate through faculty collections.
Booknews
Taking Mexico as an example, Williams (political science, Middlebury College) considers the various successes and failures of market-based reforms in areas like privatization, deregulation, and environmental policy. He assesses policy initiatives under various administrations and compares Mexico's privatization efforts to those of Argentina. Three case studies are presented and the findings analyzed in a comparative framework. The role of coalitions in successful reforms is emphasized. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742511125
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

A former National Science Foundation and Ford Fellow, Mark Eric Williams is associate professor of political science at Middlebury College.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 PART I: Introduction and Theory Chapter 2 Caught in the Paradigm Shift Chapter 3 Explaining Policy Reform: Strategies, Institutions, and Coalitions Part 4 PART II: Case Studies Chapter 5 Privatizing Aeroméxico, Cananea, and Sicartsa Chapter 6 Deregulating Freight Transport Chapter 7 The Challenge of Environmental Policy Reform Part 8 PART III: Generalizing the Argument and Conclusion Chapter 9 Policy Reform in Comparative Perspective: Privatization in Argentina Chapter 10 Rethinking the Politics of Reform: Retrospect and Legacies

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