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.
In this award-winning analysis, Rom examines the political causes of the “thrift tragedy” during the 1980s when the FSFIC failed spectacularly, and cost taxpayers an estimated $200 billion.
Winner of the Harold Lasswell Award of the American Political Science Association
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.
Since 1983, Mexico has undergone a rapid and thorough economic restructuring program, with privatization at the core. The government has divested itself of hundreds of public companies, increasing the role of private capital, both domestic and foreign. Supporters have argued that divestiture would have positive implications for Mexican democracy, but Judith A. Teichman concludes that political and economic power in Mexico is more concentrated and exclusionary than ever. She uses extensive field research, including interviews with top political and business leaders to describe and analyze the process by which the Mexican state has reformed its mammoth public enterprise sector.
Khademian examines the significance of the SEC for securities policy and uses the agency as a model for the study of bureaucracy and bureaucratic theory.
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 study of the booming Mexican oil industry and their changing foreign policy toward the United States, from the 1970s to the 1980s.
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