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Politics after Neoliberalism


  • Page extent: 274 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.37 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521688703 | ISBN-10: 0521688701)

The shift from state-led to market-oriented, neoliberal economic policies has been one of the most important changes in the developing world during the last two decades. Although much existing research has focused on why countries choose these neoliberal policy reforms and how they implement them, Richard Snyder's study offers an analysis of politics after neoliberalism. The book proposes a framework that explains how neoliberal reforms, rather than unleashing market forces, actually trigger 're-regulation' processes involving strategic interactions between political entrepreneurs and societal groups. Depending on the strengths and strategies of politicians and societal groups, reregulation results in different types of new institutions for market governance with contrasting consequences for economic efficiency and social justice. This framework is used in conjunction with an innovative subnational comparative method to analyze evidence from four Mexican states about the politics of reregulation.

• Challenges the widely held view that these reforms have set countries on a convergent path toward laissez-faire markets • Employs an innovative, subnational comparative method to analyze the politics of reregulation across four Mexican states • Moves beyond the well-studied questions of why countries choose neoliberal policies and how they implement them


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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