During the past two decades, virtually all developing countries shifted from state-led to market-oriented neoliberal economic policies. This book analyzes fresh evidence from Southern Mexico about the effects of this global wave of policy reforms. The evidence challenges the widely held view that these reforms have set countries on a convergent path toward unregulated markets. The analysis shows that free-market reforms, rather than unleashing market forces, trigger the construction of different types of new regulatory institutions with contrasting consequences for economic efficiency and social justice.
Part I. The Framework and Comparative Analysis: 1. Rethinking the consequences of Neoliberalism; 2. From deregulation to regulation in the Mexican coffee sector; Part II. The Cases: 3. Remaking corporatism from below: a participatory policy framework in Oaxaca; 4. When corporatism and democracy collide: an exclusionary policy framework in Guerrero; 5. Peasants and oligarchs: stalemate and transition to a participatory policy framework in Chiapas; 6. Oligarchs as the dominant force: an exclusionary policy framework in Puebla; Part III. The Conclusion: 7. After neoliberalism: what next?
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"This is an important book that deserves to be read by students of comparative political economy and Latin American and Mexican politics." American Political Science Review
"...theoretically and empirically interesting and important." Political Science Quarterly
"As a whole, this book is a model of how to do comparative politics.... The empirical complexity and the highly nuanced nature of his main argument form an inspiring departure from over-simplified, one-dimensional analyses. Consequently, his study answers many questions but asks many more, some of which the author himself discusses in the final chapter. That is a mark of first-rate scholarship. Politics After Neoliberalism will rapidly become a classic in the comparative political economy literature, a work that will be required reading for graduate students and scholars interested in the politics of post-neoliberalism, the developing world, and the subnational comparative method." Latin American Politics and Society
"The subnational comparative case-study approach used by Richard Snyder in Politics after Neoliberalism is perhaps the best example of this kind of work currently available." Latin American Research Review