TITLE

A Comment on 'Maquiladoras: Mexico's Tiger by the Tail?'

AUTHOR(S)
Agosin, Manuel R.
PUB. DATE
November 1989
SOURCE
Challenge (05775132);Nov/Dec89, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p60
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this article the author comments on a previous article titled "Maquiladoras: Mexico's Tiger by the Tail?," by Philip Mirowski and Susan Helper that was published in the May-June 1989 issue of the journal "Challenge." He says that it was basically a good article but yields biased conclusions because of its authors' preconceptions. These prejudices emerge toward the end of their article when they state that "the longer Mexico holds on, the more it will be taken for a ride by multinational capital, losing the chance to develop indigenously." The article throughout is colored by this basic animosity to multinational corporations. Most writings about multinationals tend to portray them either as the source of all evil or as the sole agent capable of producing development. Neither extreme view is accurate. Helper suggests that there is something wrong with the efforts of firms from Japan or Southeast Asia to evade U.S. trade sanctions by locating assembly plants in Mexico. They should rather question the wisdom of the trade sanctions themselves. Developing countries cannot avoid dealing with multinationals. The trick is to harness their resources to national development objectives.
ACCESSION #
6149701

 

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