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Institutional modernisation and the legacy of corporatism: The case of port reform in Brazil

Doctor, M

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Abstract

This article analyses some of the difficulties of institutional modernisation based on a study of Brazilian port reform in the 1990s. It explains how and why Brazilian business managed to organise collective action for dramatic reform of the port structure and labour regime, but was unable to maintain the consensus to ensure full implementation. It emphasises how the formal rigidities and informal outcomes of the corporatist institutional structure hampered an efficient pace of modernisation. The analysis applies two complementary theoretical approaches, institutional analysis and the logic of collective action, to illuminate the evolution of Brazilian corporatism in the context of a more democratic society and open market economy.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2003
Print ISSN 0022-216X
Electronic ISSN 1469-767X
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 2
Pages 341-365
APA6 Citation Doctor, M. (2003). Institutional modernisation and the legacy of corporatism: The case of port reform in Brazil. Journal of Latin American Studies, 35(2), 341-365. doi:10.1017/S002216X03006783
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S002216X03006783
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development; Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); Sociology and Political Science