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Author Palmer-Rubin, Brian, author

Title Evading the patronage trap : interest representation in Mexico / Brian Palmer-Rubin
Published Ann Arbor, Michigan : University of Michigan Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 340 pages) : illustrations, map, tables, charts, graphs
Contents Part 1. Situation the Analysis: 1. Analytical Approach to Organizations and Policy Representation -- 2. Structures of Sectoral Representation in Mexico's Transition -- Part 2. Demand Formation in Organizations: 3. Organizational Capacity -- 4. Demand-making for the Lower Classes: Peasant Organizations -- 5. Demand-making for the Middle Classes: Small-business Organizations -- Part 3. Incorporation Strategies for Ruling Parties: 6. The PRN and Party Incorporation of Peasant Organizations -- 7. The PAN and Party Incorporation of Small-business Organizations. Conclusion: Can Organizations Confront Latin American Oligarchy?
Summary "Why have Latin American democracies proven unable to confront the structural inequalities that cripple their economies and stymie social mobility? Brian Palmer-Rubin contends that we may lay the blame on these countries' systems of interest representation, which exhibit "biased pluralism," a system in which the demands of organizations representing economic elites--especially large corporations--predominate. A more inclusive model of representation would not only require a more encompassing and empowered set of institutions to represent workers, but would also feature spaces for non-elite producers--such as farmers and small-business owners to have a say in sectoral economic policies. With analysis drawing on over 100 interviews, an original survey, and official government data, this book focuses on such organizations and develops an account of biased pluralism in developing countries typified by the centrality of patronage--discretionarily allocated state benefits. Rather than serving as conduits for demand-making about development models, political parties and interest organizations often broker state subsidies or social programs, augmenting the short-term income of beneficiaries, but doing little to improve their long-term economic prospects. When organizations become diverted into patronage politics, the economic demands of the masses go unheard in the policies that most affect their lives, and along the way, their economic interests go unrepresented."
Notes Open access
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-314) and index
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Subject Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Mexico) -- Economic policy
Partido Acción Nacional (Mexico) -- Economic policy
Partido Revolucionario Institucional -- Economic policy
Partido Acción Nacional (Mexico)
Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Mexico)
Partido Revolucionario Institucional
Subsidies -- Political aspects -- Mexico
Elite (Social sciences) -- Mexico
Political Science / Public Policy.
Economic policy
Elite (Social sciences)
Mexico -- Economic policy -- Political aspects
Form Electronic book
Author Michigan Publishing (University of Michigan), publisher.
ISBN 9780472902873