New Book: Good Jobs and Social Services Co-authored by Diego Sanchez Ancochea

07 August, 2013

A new book co-authored by Diego Sanchez Ancochea entitled Good Jobs and Social Services: How Costa Rica achieved the elusive double incorporation has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The book was co-written with Juliana Martinez Franzoni of the University of Costa Rica.

Few developing countries have succeeded in simultaneously providing good jobs and access to social services for all. Large informal sectors and segmented social policies that provide benefits to only a small minority are among the problems that have hampered developing countries' ability to secure the double incorporation to the market and to social services.

This book reviews Costa Rica's experience as one of the few successful exceptions. The authors concentrate on the essential role of the state in expanding public employment, promoting small firms and cooperatives and creating generous and universal social services.

In explaining why the state implemented these policies, the authors go beyond dominant democratic-centred explanations and highlight the emergence of a new elite of small and medium producers, and the role of international ideas.

The book also recognizes Costa Rica's strugglesto maintain the double incorporation during the recent period of neoliberal globalization.

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