Global Capital And National Politics: Reforming Mexico's Financial System

Hardcover | November 1, 1999

byTimothy P. Kessler

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Kessler shows how political considerations distorted the liberalization process in Mexico, leading to inconsistent and unsustainable patterns of financial policy. Although market reform is promoted in developing countries to improve economic efficiency and stimulate growth, in Mexico financial liberalization provided rent-seeking opportunities for privileged groups and increased the states' ability to finance politically inspired obligations. The research examines four periods: the populist administrations of Echeverria and Lopez Portillo, during which the foundations of modern financial markets were paradoxically laid; the debt-crisis years of de la Madrid, who reversed his party's political strategy by favoring the business class with financial opportunities; the economic transformation undertaken by Carlos Salinas, who mixed genuine reform with destabilizing anti-market measures; and the political watershed of the Zedillo administration, whose unpopular bank rescue gave opposition parties unprecedented power within Mexico's policy making process. Kessler also provides a comparison of financial collapse in two other emerging markets, South Korea and Russia, and examines the political roots of crisis in both countries. He concludes by suggesting how greater attention to questions of power, social organization, and challenges to state authority can help the policy-making community avoid giving well-meaning advice that is unlikely to be implemented in a sustainable way.

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Kessler shows how political considerations distorted the liberalization process in Mexico, leading to inconsistent and unsustainable patterns of financial policy. Although market reform is promoted in developing countries to improve economic efficiency and stimulate growth, in Mexico financial liberalization provided rent-seeking oppor...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.6 × 6.38 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275965686

ISBN - 13:9780275965686

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?This is a fine study of the politics of financial reform in Mexico....By setting domestic political factors at the center of analysis, this book helps us understand why neoliberal reforms have had such vaied and oftern surprising consequences.?-Potitical Science Quarterly