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Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America


reviewed by Carol Huang — 2005

coverTitle: Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America
Author(s): Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson (Editors)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: 0801880491, Pages: 542, Year: 2004
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Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America, edited by Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson, is a huge book with gigantic scope.  It analyzes two major social sector reforms: health care and educational reform in Latin America.  The social sector reforms were further examined with two major “macrotransformation” frameworks (p. 4): democratization and globalization from the 1980s through the 1990s. Contrary to the most of the research on this topic which is concerned with the design and impact of reform, the book focuses more on the political processes through which such reforms are brought about, diluted, or blocked (p. 3).It uses case studies of individual countries to explore who were “the principle actors in the reform stories and their preferences, power resources and the way their choices were shaped by domestic and international institutions”(p. 4) to tell a story of the dynamic character of social... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2476-2479
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11857, Date Accessed: 3/28/2017 5:39:12 PM

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  • Carol Huang
    City College of New York
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    Carol Huang is an assistant professor at City College of New York's School of Education.
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