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Continuity Despite ChangeThe Politics of Labor Regulation in Latin America$
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Matthew E. Carnes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789431

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789431.001.0001

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Latin American Labor Laws inComparative Perspective

Latin American Labor Laws inComparative Perspective

(p.70) Chapter 3 Latin American Labor Laws inComparative Perspective
Continuity Despite Change

Matthew E. Carnes

Stanford University Press

This chapter employs an original cross-national dataset of individual and collective labor regulations to chart the range of variation in labor laws within Latin America during the 1980-2005 period. Econometric analysis finds that skill levels and organizational capacity are consistently correlated with differences in labor regulation “regimes” in recent decades. In addition, the chapter tests alternative hypotheses present in the literature, finding that government partisanship has important effects both through its historical legacies and through the reforms proposed by sitting governments.

Keywords:   Latin America, individual labor law, collective labor law, labor law regimes, partisanship, democracy, skill levels, union organization

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