Market, State, and Society in Contemporary Latin America / Edition 1

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Market, State, and Society in Contemporary Latin America explores fundamental issues in the political economy of the region in the early twenty-first century. The chapters in this volume deploy a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives to understand the recent transformations in relations among market, state, and society in Latin American countries. Based on careful empirical research, the contributors go beyond popular state-centric explanations of economic policy-making in the region, emphasizing the centrality of state-society bargaining in the design and implementation of market-oriented restructuring. By the same token, the chapters in Market, State, and Society also challenge simplistic arguments about state decline, demonstrating the crucial role of differing configurations of domestic actors, interests, and institutions in mediating the effects of globalization on welfare regimes, labor politics, and popular contestation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444335255
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/8/2010
  • Series: LAPZ - American Politics & Society Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Smith received currently teaches Latin American politics at the University of Miami. Smith received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. He is the author of Authoritarianism and the Crisis of the Argentine Political Economy (Stanford University Press, 1991) and the editor of numerous volumes on democracy, market-oriented restructuring, and contentious politics in Latin America, including Latin American Democratic Transformations (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). His articles have been appeared in numerous journals, including: Studies in Comparative International Development, Revista Mexicana de Sociología, Dados, Desarrollo Económico, Political Power and Social Theory, Contexto Internacional, Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad, Nueva Sociedad, América Latina Hoy, and the Latin American Research Review. Smith is the editor of Latin American Politics and Society.

Laura Gómez-Mera currently teaches International Political Economy at the University of Miami. Gómez-Mera received her D.Phil in Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. Her articles have been published in a number of journals, including Review of International Political Economy, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Latin American Studies and Journal of International Relations and Development. Gómez-Mera is a member of the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors and Contributors vii

Preface and Acknowledgements xiii

Chapter 1 Market, State, and Society in Contemporary Latin American Political Economy William C. Smith Laura Gómez-Mera 1

Part I Theoretical Debates

Chapter 2 Revolution or Contribution? Rational Choice Approaches in the Study of Latin American Politics Evelyne Huber Michelle Dion 11

Chapter 3 Toward a Critique of Latin American Neostructuralism Fernando Ignacio Leiva 33

Part II The Politics of Economic Reform

Chapter 4 "We Have a Consensus": Explaining Political Support for Market Reforms in Latin America Leslie Elliot Armijo Phillippe Faucher 51

Chapter 5 The World Bank and Policy Reform in Mexico and Argentina Judith Teichman 83

Chapter 6 Constructing Reform Coalitions: The Politics of Compensations in Argentina's Economic Liberalization Sebastián Etchemendy 111

Chapter 7 The Repoliticization of Collective Action After Neoliberalism in Peru Moisés Arce 139

Part III Globalization and the State: Labor, Pension, and Welfare Regimes

Chapter 8 Globalization and Pension Reform in Latin America Sarah M. Brooks 159

Chapter 9 Ideas, Economic Pressures, and Pension Privatization Raúl L. Madrid 185

Chapter 10 The Challenge of Economic Restructuring and the Limits of Labor Reform in Latin America Mark Anner 207

Chapter 11 Welfare Regimes in Latin America: Capturing Constellations of Markets, Families, and Policies Juliana Martínez Franzoni 231

Part IV Politics and Macroeconomics

Chapter 12 Elections and Economic Turbulence in Brazil: Candidates, Voters, and Investors Anthony P. Spanakos Lúcio R. Renno 257

Chapter 13 Institutional Weakness and the Puzzle of Argentina's Low Taxation Marcus André Melo 279

Part V Trade and Economic Governance

Chapter 14 U.S. Power and the Politics of Economic Governance in the Americas Nicola Phillips 305

Chapter 15 Networks of Trade Protest in the Americas: Toward a New Labor Internationalism? Marisa von Bülow 323

Chapter 16 Fading Green? Environmental Politics in the Mercosur Free Trade Agreement Kathryn Hochstetler 345

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