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Unemployment and Clientelism: The Piqueteros of Argentina

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  • Ponce, Aldo Fernando

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This paper sheds light on possible explanations for the success and sustainability of the piqueteros social movement in Argentina, developed from a comparative perspective based on Latin America. I show which institutional arrangements, political actors, and configurations of power contributed to the success of the piqueteros. Applying the basic principles of the rational choice approach, I find that the success of the piqueteros movement was produced by the current political division in the ruling party (the Peronist party), by the over-regulated Argentine labor market, and by the impact of the Argentine economic crisis through the unemployment rates.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 23.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:23

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Keywords: unemployment; social movements; federalism; institutions; unions; Argentina;

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  1. Guillermo Mondino & Silvia Montoya, 2000. "The Effects of Labor Market Regulations on Employment Decisions by Firms: Empirical Evidence for Argentina," Research Department Publications, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 3091, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
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