The Paradox of Revolution: Labor, the State, and Authoritarianism in Mexico

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This important interdisciplinary work makes original contributions to the study of the state-society relations in Latin America and to the comparative analysis of labor's role in regime change. Middlebrook's theoretical framework identifies the principal dimensions of elite control over mass participation in postrevolutionary authoritarian regimes and highlights the most important aspects of Mexican authoritarianism. By demonstrating organized labor's central importance in the formation and evolution of Mexico's distinctive authoritarian regime, Middlebrook also lays the basis for a major reinterpretation of key features of twentieth-century Mexican politics.

"Any scholar interested in Latin American social and political questions over the last one hundred years will sooner or later read this book. Mexicanists worth their salt will read it as soon as they can get it. The scholarship is outstandingly sound. It is rigorous in conceptualization and analysis, and in the historical parts as good as the best histories of Mexican labor and politics." -- John Womack Jr., Harvard University


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Mass Politics and Regime Formation
CHAPTER THREE The Challenge of Mass Participation and
The 19471951 Labor Crisis
CHAPTER FIVE State Structures Political Control and Labor
CHAPTER SIX Labor Politics and ImportSubstituting
CHAPTER SEVEN Labor Politics under Economic Stress in
Labor Politics and Regime Change
APPENDIX A Union Registration Data for FederalJurisdiction

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Page 423 - Reinhard Bendix, Nation-Building and Citizenship: Studies of our Changing Social Order (New York: Wiley, 1964), chap.
Page iii - Middlebrook, The Paradox of Revolution: Labor, the State, and Authoritarianism in Mexico (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 74-90; Arnaldo Cordova, En una epoca de crisis (1928-1934), 5th ed.

About the author (1995)

Kevin J. Middlebrook is Director of Research at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California -- San Diego.

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