The effects of the crisis of 1994/95 on the Mexican labour market: The case of the city of Puebla

Authors
Citation
M. Fuchs, The effects of the crisis of 1994/95 on the Mexican labour market: The case of the city of Puebla, URBAN STUD, 38(10), 2001, pp. 1801-1818
Citations number
39
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
EnvirnmentalStudies Geografy & Development
Journal title
URBAN STUDIES
ISSN journal
0042-0980 → ACNP
Volume
38
Issue
10
Year of publication
2001
Pages
1801 - 1818
Database
ISI
SICI code
0042-0980(200109)38:10<1801:TEOTCO>2.0.ZU;2-P
Abstract
In 1994/95, the economic crisis in Mexico strongly affected not only the Me xican economy but also the everyday lives of the Mexican population. The we aker sectors of the economy and the poorer segments of the Mexican populati on were particularly affected. This paper attempts to link these global tre nds to a specific location: Mexico's fourth-largest city, Puebla. In order better to understand the relationship between international developments, l ike a financial crisis, and local issues, like employment and the household economy, relevant aspects of the political and social spheres must be cons idered. This relationship will be discussed on a theoretical basis employin g regulation theory. The paper proposes that regulation is not only importa nt at the macro level (government, parties and trade unions), but also at t he micro level (households). Puebla serves as an example useful for portray ing the conditions of human labour and the strategies of survival of people as 'micro regulation' in a Mexican urban environment. The households suffe red greatly during the economic crisis in Mexico because the major actors i n the government and the administration did not support the people very eff ectively.