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Continuity Despite Change: The Politics of Labor Regulation in Latin America

Matthew E. Carnes

Abstract

This book explains why Latin America’s pattern of protective labor regulation has been surprisingly resistant to fundamental reform over the course of the last century, especially during the period of intense pressure from globalization. It develops a theory based on two factors – the skill distribution in the economy and the organizational capacity of labor – to explain the remarkable continuity in national-level labor codes. It argues that where workers have mid- to high-level skills and sufficient leadership or ties to political parties, they can be most effective in forming coalitions that ... More

Keywords: Latin America, labor laws, skills, unions, organization, politics, reform, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804789431
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789431.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew E. Carnes, author
Georgetown Jesuit Community