Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America

Labor Unions, Partisan Coalitions, and Market Reforms in Latin America


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Due to economic crises, labor parties followed economic policies that hurt labor unions during the 1990s, such as trade liberalization and privatization. This book explains why labor unions resisted on some occasions and submitted on others and what the consequences of their actions were by studying three countries: Argentina, Mexico, and Venezuela. The comparison between the experiences of the three countries and five different sectors in each country shows the importance of politics in explaining labor reactions and their effects on economic policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521780728
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2001
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. Unions' dilemma: how to survive neoliberalism; 2. A theory of union-government interaction; 3. The populist past and its institutional legacies; 4. A tug of war: labor unions and market reforms in Venezuela; 5. Divided we rule: labor unions and market reforms in Mexico; 6. From pickets to prices: labor unions and market reform in Argentina; 7. Multilevel comparison; 8. Labor competition and partisan coalitions.

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