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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 Public Policy

Welfare as Public Policy

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(p.43) Chapter 3 Welfare as Public Policy
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Measuring Up
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.003.0004

This chapter examines the emergence of welfare in Mexico from a public policy perspective. It discusses the changes in social, political, and economic life in Mexico from 1850 to 1950 which influenced the way state authorities thought and acted with respect to welfare provision. It analyzes two aspects of welfare that occupied the government authorities of the time: policies concerning the poor and policies set in place to meet workers' needs. This chapter explains that there were a number of laws and policies enacted during the 1930s but their formulation was based on the requirements of economic modernization and their enforcement tended to favor the groups that the government needed as allies to guarantee political stability.

Keywords:   welfare, public policy, Mexico, welfare provision, poor, workers' need, economic modernization, political stability

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