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Measuring UpA History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950$
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Moramay Lopez-Alonso

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773164

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.001.0001

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Welfare as Charity

Welfare as Charity

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(p.31) Chapter 2 Welfare as Charity
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Measuring Up
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.003.0003

This chapter examines the history of welfare as charity provision in Mexico. It shows how the state authorities were blinded by their anticlerical animosities and forced the Catholic Church to sell its assets which reduced its capabilities of serving the needy during the period 1850 –1950. It also explains that though several secular private welfare institutions emerged during the second half of the nineteenth century they failed to fill the void left by Catholic charitable enterprise. This chapter also mentions that the growth of the secular welfare institutions was hindered by state bureaucracy and they were not granted legal personality until the late 1940s.

Keywords:   welfare, charity provision, Mexico, Catholic Church, state authorities, anticlerical animosities, private welfare institutions, state bureaucracy, legal personality

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