The Left’s Dirty Job compares the experiences of recent socialist governments in France and Spain, examining how the governments of Franois Mitterrand (1981-1995) and Felipe Gonzalez (1982-1996) provide a key test of whether a leftist approach to industrial restructuring is possible. Taking the unusual position that these governments’ policies were generally similar to those in European countries, this study provides insight into these important socialist governments.
Albert Sbragia considers American urban government as an investor whether for building infrastructure or supporting economic development. Over time, such investment has become disconnected from the normal political and administrative processes of local policymaking through the use of special public spending authorities like water and sewer commissions and port, turnpike, and public power authorities.
Ben Ross Schneider analyzes how Brazil’s bureaucracy of politics and personalism has effectively contributed to state-led industrialization in the post-1945 era.
A comprehensive and sophisticated study of the relationship between social security policy and inequality in Latin America.
“The editors have merged work from two disciplines, economics and political science; in a summary conclusion, a sociologist suggests possible extensions in the comparison of socialist systems for the future. . . . contributes generously to the field.”—Slavic Review