Can Latin American production regimes complement universalistic welfare regimes? : implications from the Costa Rican case

Auteur(s) et Affiliation(s)

Univ. of Costa Rica, San Pedro, Costa Rica
Univ. of Oxford, Oxford, Royaume-Uni

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This article draws from Costa Rica’s showcase of human development and universalistic social policies to address how the production regime supports and constrains the welfare regime. We show that there were some positive relations between the two regimes at various points but that they were neither fully nor mostly complementary. At the theoretical level, we highlight key features of production in Latin America and the need to consider such material bases as part of robust welfare policies. At the policy level, our argument stresses the importance of promoting both leading and low-productivity sectors simultaneously and of securing stable funding mechanisms for the welfare regime. We offer a cautionary note to Latin American countries slowly moving toward the creation or re-creation of universal social programs in the context of relatively unchanged production regimes. Since tensions between production and welfare regimes may also be appearing in a growing number of postindustrialized developed countries, theoretical and policy implications can easily travel beyond Latin America.

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Article de périodique

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Latin American research review, issn : 0023-8791, 2013, vol. 48, n°. 2, p. 148-173, nombre de pages : 26, Références bibliographiques : 4 p.

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Pays édition : Etats-Unis, Pittsburgh, PA, Latin American Studies Association

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