The Politics Of Industrial Recruitment

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The essays in this volume explore the phenomenon of foreign industrial recruitment in terms of the experience of six mid-American states—Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee—in attracting Japanese automobile assembly facilities. This experience and the choice of plant sites by Mazda, Honda, Fuji-Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Nissan was invariably determined by multi-state negotiations and escalating state government incentive packages. To understand this phenomenon and its consequences, the...

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Overview

The essays in this volume explore the phenomenon of foreign industrial recruitment in terms of the experience of six mid-American states—Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee—in attracting Japanese automobile assembly facilities. This experience and the choice of plant sites by Mazda, Honda, Fuji-Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Nissan was invariably determined by multi-state negotiations and escalating state government incentive packages. To understand this phenomenon and its consequences, the essays in this volume sketch its comparative historical, economic, and legal dimensions; examine the dynamics of Japanese automobile investment in terms of the six site-specific studies; and then place these industrial recruitment experiences within a wider framework of federal-state relations and the prospects for a national industrial policy.

Part I illuminates the background to and the comparative setting for the mid-American competition for Japanese automobile plants in the era of international corporate flight. Part II carefully probes the dynamics of development in terms of six site-specific studies. Finally, Part III places these six state industrial recruitment experiences within the wider framework of federal-state relations. This book makes informative reading for anyone interested in the automobile industry, Japanese-American trade polices, and federal-state relations.

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ERNEST J. YANARELLA is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky.

WILLIAM C. GREEN is Associate Professor of Government at Morehead State University and Research Associate with the Institute for Mining and Minerals Research at the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Preface

State Industrial Recruitment and Japanese Automobile Investment

Industrial Policies in the American States: Historical and Comparative Perspectives

State Incentive Packages and the Industrial Location Decision

Constitutional Dimensions of State Industrial Recruitment

Mid-American State Perspectives

Flat Rock, Michigan, Trades a Ford for a Mazda: State Policy and the Evaluation of Plant Location Incentives

Economic Development and Diamond-Star Motors: Intergovernmental Competition and Cooperation

Japanese Automobile Investment in West Central Ohio: Economic Development and Labor-Management Issues

Local Images of Japanese Automobile Investment in Indiana and Kentucky

Problems of Coalition Building in Japanese Auto Alley: Public Opposition to the Georgetown/Toyota Plant

Japanese Investment in Tennessee: The Economic Effects of Nissan's Location in Smyrna

Search for an American Industrial Policy

The National Level Roots of the Failure of State Industrial Policy

Select Bibliography

Index

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