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

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  • Date Published: September 2007
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  • isbn: 9780511287480

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  • 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, and how these systems have been affected by the processes of globalization and democratization. The book focuses on Latin America to identify factors associated with the evolution of welfare state policies during the pre-globalization period prior to 1979, whilst studying how globalization and democratization have affected governments' fiscal commitment to social spending. In contrast with the Western European experience, more developed welfare systems evolved in countries relatively closed to international trade, while the recent process of globalization that has swept the region has put substantial downward pressure on social security expenditures. Health and education spending has been relatively protected from greater exposure to international markets and has actually increased substantially with the shift to democracy.

    • Most comprehensive study of the modern welfare state in Latin America available
    • Author uses unusually broad cross-national analysis and explains econometric techniques in his usage
    • Emphasizes how globalization/democratization have affected 'the big picture' in Latin America
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    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511287480
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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.

  • Author

    Alex Segura-Ubiergo, International Monetary Fund

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