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The Political Economy of the Welfare State in Latin America

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  • Segura-Ubiergo,Alex

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This book is one of the first attempts to analyze how developing countries through the early twenty-first century have established systems of social protection, and how these systems have been affected by the processes of globalization and democratization. The book focuses on Latin America to identify factors associated with the evolution of welfare state policies during the pre-globalization period prior to 1979, whilst studying how globalization and democratization have affected governments' fiscal commitment to social spending. In contrast with the Western European experience, more developed welfare systems evolved in countries relatively closed to international trade, while the recent process of globalization that has swept the region has put substantial downward pressure on social security expenditures. Health and education spending has been relatively protected from greater exposure to international markets and has actually increased substantially with the shift to democracy.

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  • Segura-Ubiergo,Alex, 2012. "The Political Economy of the Welfare State in Latin America," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9781107410664.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9781107410664
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    1. Alex Segura-Ubiergo & Alejandro Simone & Sanjeev Gupta & Qiang Cui, 2010. "New Evidence on Fiscal Adjustment and Growth in Transition Economies," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 52(1), pages 18-37, March.
    2. Simeon Alder & Guillermo Ordonez, 2016. "Deceptive Redistribution," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 22, pages 223-239, October.
    3. Nikoloski, Zlatko, 2015. "Democracy and income inequality: revisiting the long and short-term relationship," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 60562, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. repec:spr:soinre:v:134:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s11205-016-1465-4 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Letelier S., Leonardo & Neyra A., Gonzalo, 2013. "The political economy of regional grants in Peru," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), April.
    6. Yuriko Takahashi, "undated". "Varieties of Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin America," Working Papers 1619, Waseda University, Faculty of Political Science and Economics.
    7. Simeon Alder & Guillermo Ordonez, 2016. "Deceptive Redistribution," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 22, pages 223-239, October.
    8. Roberts, Kenneth, 2012. "The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution in Latin America's Post-Adjustment Era," WIDER Working Paper Series 008, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    9. International Monetary Fund, 2008. "The Gambia; Selected Issues and Statistical Appendix," IMF Staff Country Reports 08/325, International Monetary Fund.
    10. repec:unu:wpaper:wp2012-08 is not listed on IDEAS
    11. Dombois, Rainer, 2015. "Wohlfahrtsmix, Wohlfahrtsregime und Arbeit in Lateinamerika," Schriftenreihe Institut Arbeit und Wirtschaft 20/2015, Institut Arbeit und Wirtschaft (IAW), Universität Bremen und Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen.
    12. Merino, María & Vargas, Delfino, 2013. "How consumers perceive globalization: A multilevel approach," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(3), pages 431-438.
    13. Christian Houle, 2017. "Inequality, ethnic diversity, and redistribution," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 15(1), pages 1-23, March.

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