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MEDRANO BUENROSTRO, Anahely. Human rights and neoliberalism: an uneasy alliance for protecting children in Mexico. Estud. soc [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.38, pp. 9-36. ISSN 0188-4557.

Applying the particular concept of policy paradigm, this paper analyses the ideological core of the main anti-poverty programme implemented by the Mexican federal government, Oportunidades, in the last decades. In particular, this study analyses the compatibility of this programme with the aim of protecting children's socio-economic rights. To do so, this study examines the main characteristics of the policy paradigm that underpins this programme, as well as its evolution from 1989 to 2006. This paper concludes that the neoliberal paradigm applied during this time implies important conceptual tensions and contradictions at the moment of offering a policy answer for protecting the rights of Mexican children.

Palabras llave : children's rights; policy paradigm; child poverty; social policy in Mexico.

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