Social Factors in Economic Development: The Argentine Case

Social Factors in Economic Development: The Argentine Case

Social Factors in Economic Development: The Argentine Case

Social Factors in Economic Development: The Argentine Case

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This monograph is based on Industrial Relations in the Economic Development of Argentina, a Master's thesis submitted to the School of Industrial Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May 1960. The original study has been thoroughly revised and the order of chapters changed. One full chapter, dealing with the history and present status of Argentine trade-unionism, has not been included in this book. Four other chapters--historical studies of the Argentine economy and of the nation's social transformations, an analysis of Argentine labor legislation and social welfare programs, and a survey of today's labor relations--have been summarized and incorporated in this monograph as part of the general exposition.

The author is perfectly aware that one of the chief criticisms to which this work will be subject is that the concepts and assertions contained in it--and especially in Chapter 2--are based on records of individual experiences and tentative generalizations, rather than on a scientifically devised investigation. Preconceived theoretical assumptions are here blended with opinions and casual observations, and the result presented as factual conclusions without any systematic attempt at empirical verification. The impossibility of devising even the smallest representative sample in connection with the material here expounded is obvious. However, in order to remedy to some extent these shortcomings, the opinions and observations of other authors and investigators have been cited wherever possible.

The author expresses his deep gratitude to Professor Charles A. Myers, Director of the M.I.T. Industrial Relations Section, who gave every encouragement, precious time, and the benefit of his advice and experience first as thesis advisor and subsequently in reading the manuscript; and to Professor Everett E. Hagen, who read the original draft of the manuscript and most of whose many helpful suggestions and criticisms were included in its final form. The author is also indebted to Professor Edgar H. Schein, who read the thesis manuscript and made helpful suggestions at various stages of the research and writing.

TOMÁS ROBERTO FILLOL

Cambridge, Massachusetts September 1960 . . .

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