The Theoretical Perspective of This Book

  • Ilan BizbergEmail author


In this chapter, we analyze the most recent perspective of political economy to characterize the situation of Latin America and contrast it with more traditional ones. While the varieties of capitalism (VoC) perspective is based on the standpoint of the firm and considers that other actors such as unions, organizations of the employers, and the State are the institutional context within which the firm has to function and adapt to, we propose a structural/institutional point of view, based on the regulation school, that considers that institutions are the result of the conflictual relationship between social actors: social classes (workers, entrepreneurs) and the State (which is not only an institution or an arena where social actors confront each other, but is a very significant actor).


Institutionalism Structuralism Dependence school Varieties of capitalism school Regulation school 


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  1. 1.El Colegio de MéxicoMexico CityMexico

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