State, Labor, Capital (Paperback)

Democratizing Class Relations in the Southern Cone (Pitt Latin American Series)

By Paul G. Buchanan

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822985792, 416pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 1996

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Organized labor has played a critical role in political transition away from authoritarianism in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Buchanan views the institutional networks where these new governments strive to maintain democracy, focusing on the role of national labor administrations.

This book argues that because democratic capitalist regimes are founded on a state-mediated class compromise, institutionalizing labor relations is a major concern. Institutions that foster equitable labor-management bargaining are at the foundation of workers' acquiescence to bourgeois rule.

About the Author

Paul A. Buchanan is a former US security analyst and consultant, on leave from the University of Auckland.

Praise For State, Labor, Capital: Democratizing Class Relations in the Southern Cone (Pitt Latin American Series)

“Scholarship of the highest order. . . . a path-breaking book that will make a major impact on the way scholars think about democracy and class conflict in Latin America and elsewhere.”
––William C. Smith, author of Jacques DelorsandEuropean Integration

“Buchanan's book is an important contribution to the study of democracy and labor politics in Latin America. It not only incorporates class issues into the study of democratization but also affords a comprehensive overview of labor administration apparatuses in Latin America.”
—Comparative Politics