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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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Introduction: Continuity Despite Change

Introduction: Continuity Despite Change

(p.1) Introduction: Continuity Despite Change
Continuity Despite Change

Matthew E. Carnes

Stanford University Press

This chapter describes the puzzling persistence of extremely protective labor laws in Latin America, in spite of significant competitive pressures from globalization and a series of attempted reforms in the 1980s and 1990s. It notes that labor laws have been more resistant to reform than any other area of economic policy, and motivates the rest of the book by explaining the importance of labor law as both a dependent variable and independent variable, outlining the history of study of Latin American labor laws, and describing the implications of different forms of labor regulation for outcomes as diverse as economic inequality and political participation. It concludes with an overview of the remaining chapters of the book.

Keywords:   Latin America, labor law, globalization, politics, participation, reform, social policy, inequality

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