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Organized Business, Economic Change, and Democracy in Latin America

Francisco Durand and Eduardo Silva, editors
ISBN: 978-1-57454-048-2
1998/296 pages
Distributed for the North-South Center Press

"To our knowledge, no works on social movements or other interest groups have as yet done as much as Organized Business to elucidate the institutional and organizational links between the state and civil society in Latin America."—Brian F. Crisp and Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon, Latin American Research Review


Sweeping changes in many Latin American nations have transformed business elites into key political and economic players. While organized business has become increasingly visible in the past decade, its role has been understudied. This volume analyzes the extent to which economic and political changes have convinced business elites to strengthen their employer associations and to use them—instead of less institutionalized means—to influence the economic policymaking process. Also explored are the implications of these changes for the consolidation of democracy in the region.


Francisco Durand is assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas at Austin. Eduardo Silva is associate professor of political science and fellow of the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri, St.Louis. He is also an adjunct senior research associate of the North-South Center at the University of Miami.


  • Organized Business and Politics in Latin America—the Editors.
  • Political Struggle and Business Peak Associations: Theoretical Reflections on the Argentine Case—C.H. Acuna.
  • The Fragmentation of Business in Brazil—K. Weyland.
  • Business and Politics in the Dominican Republic—R. Espinal.
  • Between Revolution and Democracy: Business Associations and Political Change in El Salvador—K. Johnson.
  • Revolution and the Hyperpoliticized Business Peak Association: Nicaragua and the Consejo Superior de la Empresa Privada—R.J. Spalding.
  • Mexico: From the Political Call for Collective Action to a Proposal for Free Market Economic Reform—R. Tirado.
  • Business Associations, Neoliberal Economic Restructuring, and Redemocratization in Chile—E. Silva.
  • Collective Actions and the Empowerment of Peruvian Business—F. Durand.