Shaping the Political Arena: Critical Junctures, the Labor Movement, and Regime Dynamics in Latin America

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University of Notre Dame Press, 2002 - Political Science - 877 pages
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This book is a disciplined, paired comparison of the eight Latin American countries with the longest history of urban commercial and industrial development - Brazil and Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, Uruguay and Colombia, Argentina and Peru. The authors show how and why state party responses to the emergence of an organized working class have been crucial in shaping political coalitions, party systems, patterns of stability or conflict and the broad contours of regimes and their changes. The argument is complex yet clear, the analysis systematic yet nuanced. The focus is on autonomous political variables within particular socioeconomic contexts, the treatment of which is lengthy but rewarding.... Overall, a path-breaking volume. - Foreign Affairs Excellent comparative-historical analysis of eight countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela) focuses on emergence of different forms of control and mobilization of the labor movement. By concentrating on alternative strategies of the State in shaping the labor movement, authors are able to explain different trajectories of national political change in countries with longest history of urban, commerc

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Critical Junctures and Historical Legacies
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The Labor Movement and the State in Latin America
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Ruth Berins Collier is Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Collier is the producer of the Academy Award nominated "For Better or For Worse".

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