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Managing Mexico


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List of Abbreviations vii List of Tables and Figures ix Preface xiii CHAPTER ONE: Neoliberalism and the Globalization of Economic Expertise 1 CHAPTER TWO: The Origin of Mexican Economic 23 CHAPTER THREE: Marxism, Populism, and Private-Sector Reaction: The Splitting of Mexican Economic 48 CHAPTER FOUR: The Mexican Miracle and Its Policy Paradigm: 1940-1970 75 CHAPTER FIVE: The Breakdown of Developmentalism and the Polarization of Mexican Economic 106 CHAPTER SIX: The UNAM and the ITAM after 1970 137 CHAPTER SEVEN: Neoliberalism and the Rise of the New Technocrats 171 CHAPTER EIGHT: The Globalization of Economic Expertise 199 Appendix A: Study of UNAM and ITM/ITAM Theses 221 Appendix B: Study of Database of Sociedad de Ex-Alumnos of the ITAM 236 Notes 245 References 255 Personal Interviews 277 Index 279

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Managing Mexico is a landmark achievement by an up and coming comparative-historical sociologist. Based on solid scholarship, it takes a much-needed critical look at the reception of economic ideas in Mexico during the twentieth century. This is the best book on the history of Mexican economic thinking and policymaking--and a must read for students of professionalization in general. -- Mauro Guillen, University of Pennsylvania, author of "The Limits of Convergence" This book furthers our understanding of the historical source of change in Mexican economic ideas. Because Babb lays out the larger theoretical concerns carefully, she is able to link the Mexican case to broader interpretations, permitting other scholar to now compare the Mexican case with other developing countries. -- Roderic Camp, author of "Politics in Mexico"

About the Author

Sarah L. Babb is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She is the coauthor of "Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings, and Social Structure" and the author of a number of articles on economic and political sociology. She was the recipient of the American Sociological Association's annual dissertation award for 1999.


Winner of the 2004 Viviana Zelizer Distinguished Book Award in Economic Sociology, American Sociological Association "A clear picture of the evolution of economic thinking in Mexico, grounded in the changing institutions that shaped it."--Choice "Masterful... In writing this book, so well researched and carefully argued, Babb has performed a major service for all those who wish to understand the contemporary global hegemony of neo-liberal economics, and who would resist its reification as the only rational antidote to economic malaise."--Gil Eyal, Journal of Economic History "Accessible to the nonspecialist, and the implicit drama of [the story] drives the reader forward... A corrective to a common globalization narrative on the left, which explains global poverty and inequality as simply something imposed on the third world."--Jeff Faux, Dissent

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