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Author Bellin, Eva Rana, author

Title Stalled democracy : capital, labor, and the paradox of state-sponsored development / Eva Bellin
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, [2002]
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Contents Genesis of the private sector in Tunisia: the logic of state sponsorship -- The developmental paradox: capital's emergent power and autonomy -- A checkered alliance: state sponsorship of labor -- Influence under constraint: the trajectory of labor's power and autonomy -- Capital and labor: agents of democratization? -- Stalled democracy in comparative perspective -- Appendix I: Comparative wage rates in forty-one countries, 1990 -- Appendix II: Number of strikes in Tunisia, 1970-1994 -- Appendix III: Organizational structure of the Union Generale de Travailleurs Tunisiens -- Appendix IV: Membership numbers in the Union Generale de Travailleurs Tunisiens
Summary "In this book, Eva Bellin examines the dynamics of democratization in late-developing countries where the process has stalled. Bellin focuses on the pivotal role of social forces and particularly the reluctance of capital and labor to champion democratic transition, contrary to the expectations of political economists versed in earlier transitions. Bellin argues that the special conditions of late development, most notably the political paradoxes created by state sponsorship, fatally limit the commitment of privileged classes to democracy. In many developing countries, she contends, those who are empowered by capitalist industrialization become the allies of authoritarianism rather than the agents of democratic reform."
"Bellin generates her propositions from close study of a particular case of stalled democracy - Tunisia Capital and labor's complicity in authoritarian relapse in that country poses a puzzle. The author's explanation of that case is made more general through comparison with the cases of other countries, including Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Egypt. Stalled Democracy also explores the transformative capacity of state-sponsored industrialization. By drawing on a range of real-world examples, Bellin illustrates the ability of developing countries to reconfigure state-society relations, redistribute power more evenly in society, and erode the peremptory power of the authoritarian state, even where democracy is stalled."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-232) and index
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Subject Industrial policy -- Developing countries.
Labor policy -- Developing countries.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1501722123 (electronic bk.)
9781501722127 (electronic bk.)