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From the Publisher"A close observer of issues surrounding the US-Mexican relationship for more than 20 years, Adams notes that historical events play a larger role in shaping Mexican attitudes toward the US than vice versa. He then attempts in this slim volume to redress the imbalance to improve understanding north of their vast shared border. Five broad issues affecting US-Mexican relations receive extensive attention: agriculture; immigration; energy (mainly petroleum); globalization (mainly China); the border industrialization program (maquiladora); and NAFTA's recent impact on its development. Adams traces the historical roots of these issues and explores feasible options for coping with the current and future challenges they present. In the course of dealing with these five issues, he also addresses topics such as government stability, environmental concerns, demographics, education, infrastructure investment, and the move toward a market economy. Adams concludes with a vision of a lasting and closer relationship between the two nations. Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduate through professional audiences."
"Adams provides a timely work covering background data, and policy prescriptions on key issues embedded in the Mexican political economy….For anyone intersted in getting some insight into the history of these issues as they inform the discussion about NAFTA, border tensions, direct foreign investment into Mexico, legal and illegal immigration into the United States, and impact of industrialization in China on North America, Adams's book provides a good starting point."
"[T]he value of the book consists in its descriptive nature. Number by number, acronym by acronym, year by year, statistic by statistic, the book weaves a scenario that sheds light on the major problems facing Mexico today….The book is quite readable for an undergraduate class and the general public, It contains information and statistics couched in a historical perspective. Students and general readers who want to know the basics of Mexico's economic and political environment today, its perils, challenges, and opportunities, will be enlightened by reading it."
Political Science Quarterly