Professor Burgess compares transnational public-private partnerships in Latin America in "Collective Remittances and Migrant-State Collaboration in Mexico and El Salvador"
Published by Latin American Politics and Society 54:4 (2012)
Date: November 19, 2012
As part of an emerging research agenda on the political impact of
remittances in high-migration countries, this article explores the
conditions under which organized migrants are likely to engage in
transnational public-private partnerships with their home governments
through a comparison of Mexico and El Salvador. Both countries
have well-organized migrants who have cofinanced community
projects back home. But this collaboration has been more
sustained, multifaceted, and negotiated in Mexico than in El Salvador.
These outcomes are linked to four factors: the density and
type of migrant organizations, the territorial distribution of state
authority and resources, the extent and nature of diaspora outreach,
and legacies of state-society relations. The article discusses how this
framework might be applied to other high-migration countries and
whether there is room for agency in creating more favorable conditions
for migrant-state collaboration.