The shift from state-led to market-oriented, neoliberal ecomic policies has been one of the most important changes in the developing world during the last two decades. Although much existing research has focused on why countries choose these neoliberal policy reforms and how they implement them, Richard Snyder's study offers an analysis of politics after neoliberalism. The book proposes a framework that explains how neoliberal reforms, rather than unleashing market forces, actually trigger 're-regulation' processes involving strategic interactions between political entrepreneurs and societal groups. Depending on the strengths and strategies of politicians and societal groups, reregulation results in different types of new institutions for market governance with contrasting consequences for ecomic efficiency and social justice. This framework is used in conjunction with an invative subnational comparative method to analyze evidence from four Mexican states about the politics of reregulation.
Richard Snyder is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University. He previously taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been a visiting fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His research has been supported by numerous institutions, including the National Science Foundation, the Institute of International Education, and the Institute for the Study of World Politics. He is the editor of three volumes on the political economy of rural Mexico, including Institutional Adaptation and Innovation in Rural Mexico. His articles have appeared in such journals as World Politics, Comparative Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, and the British Journal of Political Science.