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Mexico's maquiladora program : a case for revising development policy

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Mexico's maquiladora program : a case for revising development policy

Lonergan, Brian James (1993) Mexico's maquiladora program : a case for revising development policy. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The debate over the orientation of modernization and development is one that has occupied scholars for over half a century. This thesis will explain how two main paradigms of modernization and dependency originated and of development models are inadequate as both focus on economic growth without considering social, cultural, and ideological values, or other national interests of security and citizen participation in society. Strategies of developmental success and the differences between development and growth shall be explained in making a case for sustainable development. In this light, the historical, political, and economic evolution of Mexico will be surveyed with particular attention paid to its Maquiladora assembly plants. The objectives of this program, its industrial impact, work force characteristics, and working conditions will be comprehensively evaluated along with the social, environmental, and cultural effects it has had on the nation. This thesis will argue that the proceeds from industrialization are insufficient to provide ample employment for all. By improving agricultural self-sufficiency through agrarian reform, many of the marginalized will return to the economic mainstream of Mexican society. Establishing rural workplaces and encouraging tertiary activities will further help mobilize and rebuild the countries labor base. By implementing an indigenous strategy that does not compromise the environment or deplete national wealth, Mexico can harness its large labor pool, utilizing its natural resources to great advantage in the International market place

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Lonergan, Brian James
Pagination:179 leaves : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Political Science
Date:1993
Thesis Supervisor(s):Tremblay, Reeta
ID Code:3680
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 15:31
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:34
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