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Author Pribble, Jennifer E., author.

Title Welfare and party politics in Latin America / Jennifer Pribble, University of Richmond, Virginia
Edition 1st ed
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 214 pages)
Contents List of figures and tables -- Acknowledgments -- Acronyms -- From special privilege to social rights : universalism in social policy -- Creating universalistic social policy : the role of policy legacies, electoral competition, and party character -- Healthcare reform in Chile and Uruguay -- Social assistance reform in Chile and Uruguay -- Education reform in Chile and Uruguay -- Party character in Chile and Uruguay -- Slow progress toward universalism : Argentina and Venezuela in comparative perspective -- Latin America's left parties and the politics of poverty and inequality -- References -- List of interviews -- Index
Summary Systems of social protection can provide crucial assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society, but not all systems are created equally. In Latin America, social policies have historically exhibited large gaps in coverage and high levels of inequality in benefit size. Since the late 1990s, countries in this region have begun to grapple with these challenges, enacting a series of reforms to healthcare, social assistance and education policy. While some of these initiatives have moved in a universal direction, others have maintained existing segmentation or moved in a regressive direction. Welfare and Party Politics in Latin America explores this variation in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela, finding that the design of previous policies, the intensity of electoral competition, and the character of political parties all influence the nature of contemporary social policy reform in Latin America-- Provided by Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Political parties -- Latin America -- History -- 21st century
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Services.
Political parties.
Politics and government.
Social conditions.
Social policy.
Latin America -- Social conditions -- 21st century
Latin America -- Social policy -- 21st century
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Latin America.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781107336735