Trade, Reputation, and Child Labor in Twentieth-Century Egypt (Hardback)
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Trade, Reputation, and Child Labor in Twentieth-Century Egypt (Hardback)

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Hardback 211 Pages / Published: 16/09/2004
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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. Drawing on core concepts in political economy, Goldberg focuses on how Egyptian cotton growers decided to invest in the development of product reputation, developed institutions to protect that reputation, and engaged in coalition politics to protect their interests. The result was a heavy reliance on child labour and thus the failure to provide education and skills necessary for economic development, undermining subsequent attempts to industrialize Egypt and move it away from the production of primary goods. This is a tale of paradoxes and unintended consequences of rational action.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9780312296292
Number of pages: 211
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"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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