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Mexico, NAFTA and the Hardships of Progress: Historical Patterns and Shifting Methods of Oppression
     

Mexico, NAFTA and the Hardships of Progress: Historical Patterns and Shifting Methods of Oppression

by Richard Krooth
 

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Since the 16th century, Mexico has in many ways been held captive by outsiders. In the modern era, outsiders have most often made their impact through control of the Mexican economy and helping to establish a ruling elite while millions of ordinary citizens face abject poverty. With the advent of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico’s

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Since the 16th century, Mexico has in many ways been held captive by outsiders. In the modern era, outsiders have most often made their impact through control of the Mexican economy and helping to establish a ruling elite while millions of ordinary citizens face abject poverty. With the advent of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico’s leadership predicted a new wave of economic progress in the country. However, a devaluation of the peso showed that the Mexican economy was as problematical as before. This work first examines the sociopolitical history of the country, and how the events of the past continue to influence the government’s policies. Mexico’s post–NAFTA future is then explored, with particular emphasis placed on how economic policy could evolve in a period of free trade. A 2013 postscript concludes the work.

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...a very useful discussion and history of capital and labor relations in the two countries
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a very useful discussion and history of capital and labor relations in the two countries
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“a very useful discussion and history of capital and labor relations in the two countries”—Choice.
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Examines the sociopolitical history of the country, how events of the past continue to influence the government's policies, and how economic policy will evolve in a period of free trade. Discusses the mechanisms creating Mexico's landed elite and commercial classes, the pauperization of the majority, and the emergence of the dictatorship of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, looking at factors such as nationalism and foreign influence throughout the nation's history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786476053
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/29/2013
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Richard Krooth lives in Berkeley, California.

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