The Politics of Labor Reform in Latin America: Between Flexibility and Rights

The Politics of Labor Reform in Latin America: Between Flexibility and Rights

by Maria Lorena Cook
     
 

During the 1990s, governments, employers, and international agencies pressed for greater flexibility in labor regulations throughout much of Latin America. In this comparative study of six Latin American countries, Maria Lorena Cook shows why these common pressures for flexibility led to varied labor reform outcomes. Her examination of the role of organized labor

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During the 1990s, governments, employers, and international agencies pressed for greater flexibility in labor regulations throughout much of Latin America. In this comparative study of six Latin American countries, Maria Lorena Cook shows why these common pressures for flexibility led to varied labor reform outcomes. Her examination of the role of organized labor in shaping reform highlights the conditions under which labor can still wield power despite a decline in overall strength.

Cook employs historical case studies and paired comparisons to analyze the political dynamics that led to moderate levels of labor reform in Argentina and Brazil, extensive change in Chile and Peru, and no reform in Mexico and Bolivia. Her book identifies the array of factors—labor movement strategies, democratization and economic opening, international pressures, legal frameworks, and political legacies—that determine whether labor reforms are more likely to stress flexibility or rights.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271029306
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Maria Lorena Cook is Associate Professor in the Department of Collective Bargaining, Labor Law, and Labor History and the Department of International and Comparative Labor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She is the author of Organizing Dissent: Unions, the State, and the Democratic Teachers‚ Movement in Mexico (Penn State, 1996).

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

List of Acronyms

1. The Politics of Labor Reform in Latin America

2. Directions in Labor Reform: A Regional Overview

3. Legacies of State Corporatism: Argentina and Brazil

4. Legacies of Radical Regimes: Chile and Peru

5. Legacies of Revolution: Mexico and Bolivia

6. The Future of Labor Reform: Between Flexibility

and Rights

References

Index

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