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Protest and social policies for outsiders: the expansion of social pensions in Latin America

Published inJournal of social policy, p. 1-22
Publication date2021-09-07
First online date2021-09-07
Abstract

Abstract

The expansion of social pensions in Latin America was part of a larger process aimed at extending protections to informal workers and other individuals not covered by social insurance. These reforms were enacted by governments of different colours, and varied considerably with regard to the scope of the new programmes. While previous comparative studies have privileged economic factors and electoral dynamics to explain these differences, this article extends these frameworks to incorporate the interplay between contentious and institutional politics. It uses a two-step qualitative comparative analysis to investigate the long-term effect of protests on reforms extending the coverage of social pensions under different constellations of political, economic and institutional conditions in 18 Latin American countries (2000-2011). The results show that protest was present in almost all configurations of expansion, but that its effect was contingent on the ideology of governments, the levels of political competition and the strength of unions.

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  • European Commission - MOBILIZING FOR BASIC INCOMES. SOCIAL INNOVATION IN MOTION [839483]
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CICCIA, Rossella, GUZMAN CONCHA, Cesar Augusto. Protest and social policies for outsiders: the expansion of social pensions in Latin America. In: Journal of social policy, 2021, p. 1–22. doi: 10.1017/s0047279421000623
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