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Why Budgets Matter

by Dennis S. Ippolito Penn State University Press (October 22, 2015)

When the first edition of Why Budgets Matter was published in 2003, the federal budget had fallen back into deficit. At the time, fairly modest changes in taxes and spending would have ensured that deficits...


Democracy Within Reason

by Miguel Angel Centeno Penn State University Press (January 13, 1997)

During the 1980s the Mexican regime faced a series of economic, social, and political disasters that led many to question its survival. Yet by 1992 the economy was again growing, with inflation under control...


The Great Gap

by Merike Blofield Penn State University Press (November 20, 2011)

The relationship between socioeconomic inequality and democratic politics has been one of the central questions in the social sciences from Aristotle on. Recent waves of democratization, combined with deepened...


Democracy Without Decency

by William M. Epstein Penn State University Press (March 22, 2010)

The conservative attacks on the welfare system in the United States over the past several decades have put liberal defenders of poverty relief and social insurance programs on the defensive. In this no-holds-barred...


America's New Working Class

by Kathleen R. Arnold Penn State University Press (December 20, 2007)

Today’s political controversy over immigration highlights the plight of the working class in this country as perhaps no other issue has recently done. The political status of immigrants exposes the power dynamics...


What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market?

by Philip D. Oxhorn & Graciela Ducatenzeiler Penn State University Press (December 10, 1998)

While there is much literature analyzing the politics of implementing economic reforms, very little has been written on the social and political consequences of such reforms after they have been implemented....


State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy

by Agnieszka Paczyńska Penn State University Press (December 12, 2012)

In response to mounting debt crises and macroeconomic instability in the 1980s, many countries in the developing world adopted neoliberal policies promoting the unfettered play of market forces and deregulation...


A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century

by Luis Alberto Romero & James P. Brennan Penn State University Press (October 31, 2013)

A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century, originally published in Buenos Aires in 1994, attained instant status as a classic. Written as an introductory text for university students and the general public,...


Harnessing Globalization

by Roy C. Nelson Penn State University Press (July 28, 2009)

How can countries in the underdeveloped world position themselves to take best advantage of the positive economic benefits of globalization? One avenue to success is the harnessing of foreign direct investment...


Venezuela Before Chávez

by Ricardo Hausmann & Francisco R. Rodríguez Penn State University Press (January 27, 2014)

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Venezuela had one of the poorest economies in Latin America, but by 1970 it had become the richest country in the region and one of the twenty richest countries in...


Neoliberalism, Accountability, and Reform Failures in Emerging Markets

by Luigi Manzetti Penn State University Press (April 02, 2010)

The agenda of neoliberal market reform known as the Washington Consensus, which was meant to turn around the economies of developing and postcommunist countries and provide the bedrock of economic success on...


The Making of a Market

by Juliette Levy Penn State University Press (February 01, 2012)

During the nineteenth century, Yucatán moved effectively from its colonial past into modernity, transforming from a cattle-ranching and subsistence-farming economy to a booming export-oriented agricultural...


Tax Evasion and the Rule of Law in Latin America

by Marcelo Bergman Penn State University Press (November 20, 2009)

Few tasks are as crucial for the future of democracy in Latin America—and, indeed, in other underdeveloped areas of the world—as strengthening the rule of law and reforming the system of taxation.

In this...


Restoring Democracy to America

by John F. M. McDermott Penn State University Press (December 13, 2010)

If the current economic malaise accomplishes nothing else, it should help awaken us all to the realization that our country has been on a path of self-destructive behavior for several decades—a reversal of...


Blacks and the Quest for Economic Equality

by James W. Button, Barbara A. Rienzo & Sheila L. Croucher Penn State University Press (August 04, 2009)

The civil rights movement of the 1960s improved the political and legal status of African Americans, but the quest for equality in employment and economic well-being has lagged behind. Blacks are more than twice...


Sustaining Civil Society

by Philip Oxhorn Penn State University Press (November 15, 2011)

“South America is not the poorest continent in the world, but it may very well be the most unjust.” This statement by Ricardo Lagos, then president of Chile, at the Summit of the Americas in January 2004...


Limiting Resources

by LaDawn Haglund Penn State University Press (August 10, 2010)

The provision of public goods such as education, electricity, health, sanitation, and water used to be regarded as primarily the responsibility of governments, but in the 1980s privatization of such services...


Made in Mexico

by Susan M. Gauss Penn State University Press (November 04, 2010)

The experiment with neoliberal market-oriented economic policy in Latin America, popularly known as the Washington Consensus, has run its course. With left-wing and populist regimes now in power in many countries,...


State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy

by Agnieszka Paczyńska Penn State University Press (February 13, 2009)

In response to mounting debt crises and macroeconomic instability in the 1980s, many countries in the developing world adopted neoliberal policies promoting the unfettered play of market forces and deregulation...


Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies

by Vicki L. Birchfield Penn State University Press (January 27, 2009)

There has been much concern about rising levels of income inequality in the societies of advanced industrial democracies. Commentators have attributed this increase to the impact of globalization, the decline...


Democratization Without Representation

by Kenneth C. Shadlen Penn State University Press (July 06, 2004)

When countries become more democratic, new opportunities arise for individuals and groups to participate in politics and influence the making of policy. But democratization does not ensure better representation...


Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation

by Julie Marie Bunck & Michael Ross Fowler Penn State University Press (June 05, 2012)

Bribes, Bullets, and Intimidation is the first book to examine drug trafficking through Central America and the efforts of foreign and domestic law enforcement officials to counter it. Drawing on interviews,...