Economic History of Puerto Rico: Institutional Change and Capitalist Development / Edition 1

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Overview

This is a comprehensive and detailed account of the economic history of Puerto Rico from the period of Spanish colonial domination to the present. Interweaving findings of the "new" Puerto Rican historiography with those of earlier historical studies, and using the most recent theoretical concepts to interpret them, James Dietz examines the complex manner in which productive and class relations within Puerto Rico have interacted with changes in its place in the world economy.

Besides including aggregate data on Puerto Rico's economy, the author offers valuable information on workers' living conditions and women workers, plus new interpretations of development since Operation Bootstrap. His evaluation of the island's export-oriented economy has implications for many other developing countries.

This is the first comprehensive and detailed account of the economic history of Puerto Rico from its days as a Spanish colony to the present.

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American Historical Review
Dietz has written a remarkably comprehensive account of the historical background to all this, using the latest theoretical concepts in economic science to buttress his case that the industrialization program of the last thirty years has essentially failed to solve the problems of persistent structural unemployment, continuing inequities in income, escalating consumerism followed by massive personal indebtedness, and continuing structural dependency on the U.S. market system.
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"Dietz has written a remarkably comprehensive account of the historical background to all this, using the latest theoretical concepts in economic science to buttress his case that the industrialization program of the last thirty years has essentially failed to solve the problems of persistent structural unemployment, continuing inequities in income, escalating consumerism followed by massive personal indebtedness, and continuing structural dependency on the U.S. market system."--American Historical Review
American Historical Review

Dietz has written a remarkably comprehensive account of the historical background to all this, using the latest theoretical concepts in economic science to buttress his case that the industrialization program of the last thirty years has essentially failed to solve the problems of persistent structural unemployment, continuing inequities in income, escalating consumerism followed by massive personal indebtedness, and continuing structural dependency on the U.S. market system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691022482
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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