Shaping The Political Arena: Critical Junctures, The Labor Movement, And Regime Dynamics In Latin…

Paperback | September 30, 2002

byRuth Berins Collier, David Collier

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“This book is a disciplined, paired comparison of the eight Latin American countries with the longest history of urban commercial and industrial development—Brazil and Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, Uruguay and Columbia, Argentina and Peru. The authors show how and why state party responses to the emergence of an organized working class have been crucial in shaping political coalitions, party systems, patterns of stability or conflict and the broad contours of regimes and their changes. The argument is complex yet clear, the analysis systematic yet nuanced. The focus is on autonomous political variables within particular socioeconomic contexts, the treatment of which is lengthy but rewarding.... Overall, a path-breaking volume.” —Foreign Affairs

“Excellent comparative-historical analysis of eight countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela) focuses on emergence of different forms of control and mobilization of the labor movement. By concentrating on alternative strategies of the State in shaping the labor movement, authors are able to explain different trajectories of national political change in counties with longest history of urban, commercial, and industrial development. Important and valuable work includes glossary of terms and extensive index (general and by country).”—Handbook of Latin American Studies

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“This book is a disciplined, paired comparison of the eight Latin American countries with the longest history of urban commercial and industrial development—Brazil and Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, Uruguay and Columbia, Argentina and Peru. The authors show how and why state party responses to the emergence of an organized working class ...

Ruth Berins Collier is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. David Collier is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:904 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.9 inPublished:September 30, 2002Publisher:University Of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268017727

ISBN - 13:9780268017729

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“This massive, ambitious, and wide-ranging book advances our understanding of modern Latin American politics by identifying the historical moment when forces emerged and relations were crystallized in ways that shaped subsequent political life.”