Trade, Reputation, and Child Labor in Twentieth-Century Egypt / Edition 1

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The conventional wisdom that political and economic actors in colonial countries are passive and reactive is undermined by Goldberg's close examination of the decisions and calculations of leading political and economic actors. Goldberg shows how critical decisions affecting Egypt's integration into the world economy were based on clear understandings of what policies were most likely to advance the interests of leading interest groups, with results that continue to bedevil Egypt's political economy today. This is a tale of paradoxes and unintended consequences of rational action.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a groundbreaking book. Goldberg's theoretically informed argument persuasively challenges the conventional wisdom on comparative advantage by focusing on the important role of politics. The nuanced case study of Egypt systematically demonstrates how a combination of political coalitions, regulations, and international arrangements configured at one time can have major, long lasting, and adverse consequences for labor markets, human capital and development. Trade, Reputation, and Child Labor in Twentieth-Century Egypt should transform the study of development."— Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, University of Washington

"Ellis Goldberg's Trade, Reputation, and Child Labor in Twentieth-Century Egypt is engaging, erudite and provocative. It is a stunning new book that lays out the research agenda in Egyptian economic history for the next generation."—Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania

"A provocative account which has forced me to think again about some of the central arguments concerning Egypt's twentieth-century economic development."
—Roger Owen, Professor of Middle East History, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312296292
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/7/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellis Goldberg is Professor of Political Science, University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

• Note on transliteration
• Introduction
• Regulation, Reputation, and Trade
• Growing the World's Best Cotton: Colonial Crisis or Business as Usual
• Regulation for Reputation in the Egyptian Delta
• Economics, Development, and Egyptian Economics
• Labor Regulation in Egypt
• Efficiency Wages, Moral Economy, and Involution
• Conclusion
• Bibliography
• Appendices

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