Globalization, Democracy, and Mexican Welfare, 1988–2006
Since the 1980s, Mexico has transformed its social protection system through the partial retrenchment of contributory social insurance and the expansion of noncontributory social assistance. By comparing social insurance and social assistance policies under Presidents Salinas (1988–1994), Zedillo (1994–2000), and Fox (2000–2006), these apparently contradictory patterns of welfare change can be explained. Economic and political liberalization created pressure for policy change and shifted the political capacity of domestic political actors, while existing welfare institutions shaped the politics of welfare. As a result, new social assistance institutions were layered alongside reformed social insurance institutions, which reflected changes in the economic and political context.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2009
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