Origins and Consequences of Divergent Private Sector Organization in Puebla and Querétaro

  • Theodore Kahn
Part of the Latin American Political Economy book series (LAPE)


Organized business in Puebla and Querétaro exhibited systematic differences in their political and economic preferences beginning in the 1980s. This chapter provides evidence that business associations in Querétaro supported growth-enhancing policies such as economic integration and investments in education and infrastructure, while their counterparts in Puebla tended to demand protection from competition and industry-specific subsidies. Puebla’s peak business chambers also had strong partisan preferences against the PRI, while organized business in Querétaro was non-partisan. These differences arose because Querétaro’s business associations successfully incorporated large, foreign and domestic manufacturing firms into their ranks starting in the 1960s, while in Puebla, large firms opted out of business associations, ensuring these organizations continued to be dominated by local firms in traditional sectors. Differences in the organization and preferences of business associations had major consequences for the pattern of interaction between the public and private sectors in the two states.


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  • Theodore Kahn
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  1. 1.School of Advanced International StudiesJohns Hopkins UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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