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Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America

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Although inequality in Latin America ranks among the worst in the world, it has notably declined over the last decade, offset by improvements in health care and education, enhanced programs for social assistance, and increases in the minimum wage.
In Democracy and the Left, Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens argue that the resurgence of democracy in Latin America is key to this change. In addition to directly affecting public policy, democratic institutions enable left-leaning political parties to emerge, significantly influencing the allocation of social spending on poverty and inequality. But while democracy is an important determinant of redistributive change, it is by no means the only factor. Drawing on a wealth of data, Huber and Stephens present quantitative analyses of eighteen countries and comparative historical analyses of the five most advanced social policy regimes in Latin America, showing how international power structures have influenced the direction of their social policy. They augment these analyses by comparing them to the development of social policy in democratic Portugal and Spain.
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The most ambitious examination of the development of social policy in Latin America to date, Democracy and the Left shows that inequality is far from intractableandmdash;a finding with crucial policy implications worldwide.

About the Author

Evelyne Huber is the Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

John D. Stephens is the Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Table of Contents

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Acronyms

Preface and Acknowledgments

1and#160;Introduction

2and#160;Theoretical Framework and Methodological Approach

3and#160;Strategy for Redistribution and Poverty Reduction

4and#160;The Development of Social Policy Regimes in the ISI Period

5and#160;The Determinants of Social Spending, Inequality, and Poverty: Quantitative Evidence

6and#160;Neoliberal Reforms and the Turn to Basic Universalism

7and#160;Iberia and the Advanced Latin American Social Policy Regimes: Explaining the Different Trajectories

8and#160;Conclusion

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226356525
Author:
Huber, Evelyne
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Stephens, John D.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 figures, 36 tables
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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