Comparative Public Policy in Latin America

Edited by Jordi Díez and Susan Franceschet

© 2012

This pioneering collection offers a comprehensive investigation into how to study public policy in Latin America. While this region exhibits many similarities with the North American and European countries that have traditionally served as sources for generating public policy knowledge, Latin American countries are also different in many fundamental ways. As such, existing policy concepts and frameworks may not always be the most effective tools of analysis for this unique region.

To fill this gap, Comparative Public Policy in Latin America offers guidelines for refining current theories to suit Latin America’s contemporary institutional and socio-economic realities. The contributors accomplish this task by identifying the features of the region that shape public policy, including informal norms and practices, social inequality, and weak institutions. This book promises to become the definitive work on contemporary public policy in Latin America, essential for those who study the area as well as comparative public policy more broadly.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
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  • Page Count: 328 pages
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This book promises to become the definitive work on contemporary public policy in Latin America, essential for those who study the area as well as comparative public policy more broadly.

Comparative Public Policy in Latin America

Edited by Jordi Díez and Susan Franceschet

© 2012

This pioneering collection offers a comprehensive investigation into how to study public policy in Latin America. While this region exhibits many similarities with the North American and European countries that have traditionally served as sources for generating public policy knowledge, Latin American countries are also different in many fundamental ways. As such, existing policy concepts and frameworks may not always be the most effective tools of analysis for this unique region.

To fill this gap, Comparative Public Policy in Latin America offers guidelines for refining current theories to suit Latin America’s contemporary institutional and socio-economic realities. The contributors accomplish this task by identifying the features of the region that shape public policy, including informal norms and practices, social inequality, and weak institutions. This book promises to become the definitive work on contemporary public policy in Latin America, essential for those who study the area as well as comparative public policy more broadly.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Jordi Díez is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.



    Susan Franceschet is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary.

  • Table of contents

    PART I: POLICYMAKING AND POLICY PROCESSES

    Chapter 1.

    Thinking about Politics and Policymaking in Contemporary Latin America

    Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary) and Jordi Díez (University of Guelph)

    Chapter 2.

    Presidentialism and Policymaking: The Case of Mexico

    Jordi Díez

    Chapter 3.

    The New Institutionalism and Industrial Policymaking in Chile

    Judith Teichman (University of Toronto)

    Chapter 4.

    Turbulent Times: Structural Reforms, Crisis, and Labour Policy in Argentina

    Viviana Patroni (York University) and Ruth Felder (University of Buenos Aires)

    PART II: ADVOCACY AND POLICY CHANGE

    Chapter 5.

    Public Policy by Other Means: Playing the Judicial Arena

    Catalina Smulovitz (Pennsylvania State University)

    Chapter 6.

    Federalism, Advocacy Networks, and Sexual Diversity Politics in Brazil.

    Juan Marsiaj (University of Toronto)

    Chapter 7.

    Agenda Through Dispute: The Case of the Zoilamérica Narváez – Daniel Ortega Controversy

    Delphine Lacombe (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

    Chapter 8.

    Transnational Policy Networks and Public Security Policy in Argentina and Chile

    Mary Rose Kubal (St. Bonaventure University)

    PART III: OLD AND NEW DIRECTIONS IN SOCIAL POLICY

    Chapter 9.

    The Limits of Anti-Poverty Policy: Citizenship, Accountability, and Neo-Clientelism in Mexico’s Oportunidades Program

    Lucy Luccisano (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Laura Macdonald (Carleton University)

    Chapter 10.

    Gendering Welfare State Regimes in Latin America: Argentina in Comparative Perspective

    Débora Lopreite (Carleton University)

    Chapter 11.

    Social Policy Reform and Continuity under the Bachelet Administration

    Rossana Castliglioni (Universidad Diego Portales)

    Chapter 12.

    Comparing Public Policy in Latin America: Toward a Research Agenda

    Jordi Díez and Susan Franceschet

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