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The Political Economy of the Welfare State in Latin America: Globalization, Democracy, and Development
     

The Political Economy of the Welfare State in Latin America: Globalization, Democracy, and Development

by Alex Segura-Ubiergo
 

ISBN-10: 0521871115

ISBN-13: 9780521871112

Pub. Date: 07/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is one of the first attempts to analyze how developing countries through the early twenty-first century have established systems of social protection (i.e. pension and poverty programs, and public health and education systems) and how these systems have been affected by the recent processes of globalization (i.e. greater exposure to international trade

Overview

This book is one of the first attempts to analyze how developing countries through the early twenty-first century have established systems of social protection (i.e. pension and poverty programs, and public health and education systems) and how these systems have been affected by the recent processes of globalization (i.e. greater exposure to international trade and capital markets) and democratization. The book focuses on Latin American - a pioneer in social policies in the developing world - to identify factors associated with the evolution of welfare state policies during the pre-globalization period (1920-1979), and studies how globalization and democratization in the last 25 years have affected governments' fiscal commitment to social spending.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521871112
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The historical evolution of welfare systems in Latin America: qualitative comparative analysis; 3. Theoretical framework and main hypotheses; 4. Determinants of social spending in Latin America: a time-series cross-section analysis, 1973-2003; 5. Chile: a classic Latin America welfare state under authoritarian stress (1973-89) and democratic revolution (1990-2000); 6. Costa Rica: globalization, gradual reform, and the politics of compensation, 1973-2002; 7. Peru: political instability, regime change and late economic reform in a (non-)welfare state, 1973-2002; 8. Conclusion: summary and final reflections on the sustainability and effectiveness of Latin American welfare systems.

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