Big Business, The State, and Free Trade: Constructing Coalitions in Mexico

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Overview

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, aid 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, businessgovernment coalitions will become increasingly important.
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"...a powerfully argued, conceptually sophisticated, and empirically convincing study..." Latin American Research Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521032131
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: International Context, Domestic Interests, and Mexican Trade Reform 1
2 Coalition Politics and Free Trade 12
3 Structural Power Relations Between Business and the Mexican State 47
4 Trade Policy Coalitions in the 1980s 77
5 Assembling Teams and Building Bridges 125
6 Business Participation in the NAFTA Negotiations 162
7 Conclusion: Mexico in Comparative Perspective 185
Appendix 210
References 218
Index 235
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