Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Political Logic of Poverty Relief
Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico

Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: December 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316505892


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

Please email to enquire about an inspection copy of this book

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Poverty relief programs are shaped by politics. The particular design which social programs take is to a large extent determined by the existing institutional constraints and politicians' imperative to win elections. The Political Logic of Poverty Relief places elections and institutional design at the core of poverty alleviation. The authors develop a theory with applications to Mexico about how elections shape social programs aimed at aiding the poor. Would political parties possess incentives to target the poor with transfers aimed at poverty alleviation or would they instead give these to their supporters? Would politicians rely on the distribution of particularistic benefits rather than public goods? The authors assess the welfare effects of social programs in Mexico and whether voters reward politicians for targeted poverty alleviation programs. The book provides a new interpretation of the role of cash transfers and poverty relief assistance in the development of welfare state institutions.

    • Proposes a new interpretation of the role of transfers and poverty relief assistance in the development of welfare state institutions
    • Provides an understanding of clientelism as a political exchange that emerges from a theory of conditional party loyalty, where core voters become the prime targets of public largesse
    • Offers a comprehensive study not just of clientelism but of social programs and the political logic behind their transformation
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316505892
    • length: 257 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Poverty relief in Latin America
    2. Poverty relief in Mexico - a geographic approach
    3. Political machines and vote buying
    4. Clientelism and the political manipulation of Pronasol
    Part II: The consequences of clientelism and entitlements
    5. Improving communities - transfers and basic public services
    6. Saving lives - social programs and infant mortality rates
    7. Electoral pay-offs of antipoverty programs
    Conclusion - the future of social protection.

  • Authors

    Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Stanford University, California
    Alberto Diaz-Cayeros is Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, California.

    Federico Estévez, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico
    Federico Estévez is Professor of Political Science at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

    Beatriz Magaloni, Stanford University, California
    Beatriz Magaloni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, California.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.