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Labor Politics in Latin AmericaDemocracy and Worker Organization in the Neoliberal Era$
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Paul W. Posner, Viviana Patroni, and Jean François Mayer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400455

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400455.001.0001

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The Impact of Regime Change and Economic Restructuring on Mexico’s Labor Relations, 1988–2012

The Impact of Regime Change and Economic Restructuring on Mexico’s Labor Relations, 1988–2012

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(p.70) 4 The Impact of Regime Change and Economic Restructuring on Mexico’s Labor Relations, 1988–2012
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Labor Politics in Latin America
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Jean François Mayer

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400455.003.0004

Despite Mexico’s economic restructuring to a market-based model and its transition to democracy, two processes that should have yielded changes in labor legislation and the practice of labor relations, neither significant flexibilization of the labor code nor democratization of labor relations occurred between 1988 and 2012. Analysis of Mexico during this period indicates that this high degree of continuity is mainly attributable to the specific configuration taken by the country’s neoliberal economic model. This configuration generated a structure of incentives for political and labor elites to favor the persistence of non-democratic patterns of labor relations and to leave the country’s labor legislation essentially untouched.

Keywords:   Mexico, labor relations, labor legislation, transition to democracy, economic restructuring, flexibilization, neoliberal economic model

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