This text argues that, instead of leading toward greater democratization, Mexico's policies of privatization in the 1980s were used for personal benefit, and to lubricate the existing state-labour relationship. It builds its case around the privatization of Mexico's telecommunications.
About the Author
JUDITH CLIFTON is lecturer in Political Communications at the Institute for Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Previously she spent two years researching and lecturing at the Instituto Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, exploring telecommunications policy in Spain and Latin America. Her D.Phil was completed at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.
Table of ContentsContinuity and rupture in the Mexican political system; state labour relations in Mexico - opening up the black box; neoliberal economic reform, unions, and the anomaly of the STRM; the politics of industrial restructuring and privatization; privatizing TELMEX and crafting a "new unionism". Appendix: a "bottom up" approach to the impact of privatization on telephone workers using survey techniques.