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Big Business, the State, and Free Trade : Constructing Coalitions in Mexico - Strom C. Thacker

Big Business, the State, and Free Trade

Constructing Coalitions in Mexico

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2000
ISBN: 9780521781688
Number Of Pages: 256

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Existing theories of economic liberalization fail to account for Mexico's experiences. Why has the Mexican government risked alienating its primary constituencies by pursuing trade opening and joining NAFTA? Big Business, the State, and Free Trade argues that Mexico's trade reforms are the product of the formation of political coalitions between business and the state in different international contexts. It covers the NAFTA negotiations in detail, with a special case study on the automotive industry. As Mexico democratizes, business-government coalitions will become increasingly important.

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'This exhaustively researched account of Mexican trade policy in the 1980s should be required reading for all scholars of Latin American political economy. driving this rich monograph is a nuanced analytical framework combining elements of state, society and internationally focused models of policymaking in developing countries.' Sylvia Maxfield, Harvard University 'Professor Strom Thacker's approach to the influence of Mexican business in the making of the North American Free Trade Agreement is both theoretically innovative and empirically exhaustive. This book sheds new light on the social and political interests, both national and international, underlying the features of free trade between Mexico, the United States and Canada. It is indispensable reading for students and scholars of international political economy.' Francisco Valdes-Ugalde, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico 'This book takes a big step beyond one-sided accounts of trade policy, either statist or sectoral, to examine the groups within the state and in big business who allied to push Mexico into NAFTA. Thacker's richly documented study offers a penetrating analysis of Mexican politics in recent decades and contributes important theoretical insights for comparative debates on the crucial nexus between business and government.' Ben Ross Schneider, Northwestern University

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction: international context, domestic interests, and Mexican trade reform
Coalition politics and free trade
Structural power relations between business and the Mexican state
Trade policy coalitions in the 1980s
Assembling teams and building bridges
Business participation in the NAFTA negotiations
Conclusion: Mexico in comparative perspective
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ISBN: 9780521781688
ISBN-10: 052178168X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.18  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.5

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