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“This book addresses a very important topic with an innovative and interesting research design.”—Martha Finnemore, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

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Chapter List


1. Learning from Foreign Models in Latin American Policy Reform: An Introduction
Kurt Weyland

2. External Models, International Influence, and the Politics of Social Sector Reforms
Joan M. Nelson

3. International Financial Institutions and the Diffusion of Foreign Models for Social Security Reform in Latin America
Sarah M. Brooks

4. The Argentine Pension System Reform and International Lessons
Gustavo Demarco

5. The Politics of Social Security Reform in Brazil
Vinícius C. Pinheiro

6. Foreign Models in the Adoption of Unemployment Insurance in Brazil
José Paulo Zeetano Chahad

7. Ideological Marketization and Policy Learning in Chile: The Case of Unemployment Insurance
Louise Haagh with David Bravo

8. The Influence of Foreign Models in Health Reform in Colombia
Juan Pablo Uribe

9. The Role of Foreign Models in Mexican Healthcare Reforms in the 1990s
Carlos Cruz and Elena Carrera

10. Conclusion: Lessons about Learning in Latin American Policy Reform
Kurt Weyland

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