Subject: Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy

Subject: Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy

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Comparative Socialist Systems

|9780822982517|Essays on Politics and Economics|”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| Carmelo Mesa-Lago Carl Beck| Pitt Latin American Series| History / General History / Latin America / General Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy

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Social Security in Latin America

|9780822984689|Pressure Groups, Stratification, and Inequality|A comprehensive and sophisticated study of the relationship between social security policy and inequality in Latin America. Individual case studies of Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Argentina, and Mexico are presented, that provide a historical analysis of each country's social security policy, the pressure groups involved, the present structure of the systems, and a statistical examination of the inequality among these pressure groups.| Carmelo Mesa-Lago| Pitt Latin American Series| History / General History / Latin America / General Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy

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Oil and Mexican Foreign Policy

|9780822985051|The discovery of enormous oil reserves in the early 1970s revolutionized Mexico's economy and political behavior, bringing soaring revenues and industrial development. The oil glut of 1981 and wild fluctuations in world prices, pushed the country to the brink of bankruptcy. George W. Grayson describes how the roller-coaster economic ride, shrill nationalism, political assertiveness, and arrogant posturing of the 1970s have given way to greater professionalism, fiscal responsibility, and a cooperative attitude towards the United States in recent times.| George Grayson| Pitt Latin American Series| History / General History / Latin America / Mexico Political Science / Public Policy /…

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Politics within the State

|9780822985365|Elite Bureaucrats and Industrial Policy in Authoritarian Brazil|Brazil was one of the most successful examples of state-led industrialization in the post-1945 era. Yet, on the surface, the Brazilian bureaucracy appears highly fragmented, personalized, and ad-hoc. Ben Ross Schneider looks behind this façade to explain how the Brazilian bureaucracy contributes to industrialization by analyzing career patterns and appointments which structure incentives and power more than formal organizations or institutions. Politics and personalism, of the right sort, Schneider argues, can in fact enhance policy effectiveness and state capacity.| Ben Ross Schneider| Pitt Latin American Series| History / General History / Latin America…

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The SEC and Capital Market Regulation

|9780822985464|The Politics of Expertise|Anne M. Khademian addresses the significance of the SEC for securities policy and uses the agency as a model for the study of bureaucracy and bureaucratic theory. She examines the interaction of bureaucrats, politicians and the White House, and connects early debates in the field of public administration with the contemporary arguments of rational choice scholars concerning independence.The classic tension within U.S. federal agencies is between the need to hold bureaucrats politically accountable to elected officials and the need to delegate complex decision making to officials with “independent” expertise. In the SEC this tension is especially pronounced…

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