Offers one of the best and most complete discussions of the role played by labor, capital, and the state in a democratic setting and clarifies the meaning and importance of much debated notions such as democracy, class compromise, regime type, state structure, and collective action.
Organized labor has played a critical role in political transition away from authoritarianism in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Buchanan views the institutional networks where these new governments strive to maintain democracy, focusing on the role of national labor administrations.
This book argues that because democratic capitalist regimes are founded on a state-mediated class compromise, institutionalizing labor relations is a major concern. Institutions that foster equitable labor-management bargaining are at the foundation of workers' acquiescence to bourgeois rule.
Scholarship of the highest order. . . . a path-breaking book that will make a major impact on the way scholars think about democracy and class conflict in Latin America and elsewhere.
[Buchanan] offers an in-depth examination of the changes in national labor administrations (which comprise not only labor ministries but also policies that affect labor) during the transitions to democracy in the 1980s in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
Buchanan has contributed a welcome addition to the literature on Latin American democracy, which has tended to ignore labour, by offering a thorough, scholarly, and insightful treatment of a well-delineated and important topic.
Buchanan's book is an important contribution to the study of democracy and labor politics in Latin America. It not only incorporates class issues into the study of democratization but also affords a comprehensive overview of labor administration apparatuses in Latin America.