States' Gains, Labor's Losses: China, France, and Mexico Choose Global Liaisons, 1980-2000 (Hardback)Dorothy J. Solinger (author)
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In this explicitly comparative work, Dorothy J. Solinger examines the effects of global markets on the domestic politics of major states. In the late 1970s, leaders around the world faced a need both to continue productive investment and to cut labor costs to compete internationally in a changed world market. To accommodate forces seemingly beyond their control, they often opted to reduce social protections and benefits that citizens had come to expect, in the process recalibrating their established political-economic coalitions. For countries whose governance was built on a coalition between workers and the state, the political conundrum was particularly intense.
States' Gains, Labor's Losses concentrates on three countries-China, France, and Mexico-where revolution-inspired political compacts between labor and the state had to be renegotiated. In all three cases, choices to forge a deepened dependence on international capital markets required the ruling parties to fire large numbers of workers and cut social benefits while attempting not to provoke widespread social unrest or even full-scale revolt among their supporters. China, France, and Mexico also shared strong legacies of protectionism and state intervention in the economy, so the decision of each to join a supranational economic organization (France and the EU, China and the GATT/WTO, Mexico and NAFTA) in the hope of alleviating crises of capital shortage involved submission to a new set of liberal economic rules that further compromised their sociopolitical compacts.
Examining a fundamental question about the dynamics of globalization and worker protest through an innovative comparative perspective, States' Gains, Labor's Losses emphasizes the growing tensions and new compromises between the working class and their political leaders in the face of intense international economic pressures.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm
"States' Gains, Labor's Losses is an ambitious, original, and important book. Dorothy J. Solinger carefully examines the evolution of labor relations across three very different countries in response to heightened exposure to global economic forces. The book not only offers compelling insights for the study of political economy and industrial relations but also demonstrates the utility of cross-regional comparative analysis."-- Rudra Sil, University of Pennsylvania, coeditor of The Politics of Labor in a Global Age
"Dorothy J. Solinger sustains a fascinating and compelling analysis of the shift from protectionism to international economic integration in China, France, and Mexico. Her book is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the dynamics of globalization and labor politics across the world since the late 1970s."-- Jane Duckett, University of Glasgow
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