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Blunting Neoliberalism

Tripartism and Economic Reforms in the Developing World

Edited by Lydia Fraile

This is the first book to examine the impact of tripartism across the developing world. Tripartism refers to the consultation and negotiation of public policies between government, business, and labor. While this mode of policymaking has commanded much scholarly attention in advanced industrial countries, the literature on tripartism in the rest of the world is scarce.

This volume covers eight case studies from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America focusing on the 1990s and early 2000s. Did tripartism alter the path of neoliberal economic reforms? Did it make reforms more socially equitable or politically sustainable? Did it increase the maneuvering room for national policymakers vis-à-vis international actors? These are the questions addressed by the case studies, which provide rich first-hand empirical material.

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