Authored by: Maria Lorena Cook

Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415875226
eBook ISBN: 9780203860267
Adobe ISBN: 9781135280307


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Political science scholarship on labor in Latin America has generally focused on organized labor—that segment of the workforce that is organized into unions and that typically represents a small and declining proportion of workers in Latin American countries. This is because during much of the twentieth century, Latin American trade unions have had an almost disproportionate impact on issues of central concern to political scientists—parties and elections, democracy and authoritarianism, market reform and institutional change—taking place within the space of national politics.

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