Organized Labor and Politics in Mexico

Graciela Bensusán and Kevin J. Middlebrook

in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195377385
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Organized Labor and Politics in Mexico

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This article studies organized labor and politics in Mexico. It first presents a summary of the state-labor relations regime that was institutionalized after the 1910–1920 Mexican Revolution. It then studies the impact of the economic restructuring and associated government policies have had on wages, worker mobilization, unionization patterns, and the organizational coherence of the labor movement. The article also considers the consequences of electoral democratization for organized labor and analyzes the labor policies that were adopted by Presidents Vicente Fox Quesada and Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. Democratic regime change and trends in the political representation of trade unions and the voting behavior of unionized workers are discussed.

Keywords: organized labor; state-labor relations regime; economic restructuring; worker mobilization; unionization patterns; labor movement; electoral democratization; democratic regime change; political representation; voting behavior

Article.  14059 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Regional Political Studies

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