Robert Alexander died recently at the age of 91, the author or editor of almost 50 books on Latin America, including Communism in Latin America (1957), The Bolivian National Revolution (1958), and Organized Labor in Latin America (1965). He was an economist committed to the labor movement. As a labor activist, Alexander sometimes played a role in a few of the organizations whose history he describes in International Labor Organizations and Organized Labor in Latin America and the Caribbean, written in collaboration with Eldon M. Parker.

Most of Alexander’s labor studies reflect what today might be called the old institutional economics, which focused on official organizations, formal rules, and union leaders. International Labor Organizations follows this path, with the caveat that Alexander’s first-hand experience with some of the organizations and trade unionists permits him additional insights. The goal of the book is to provide a history of the ways...

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