Engines of Growth
The State and Transnational Auto Companies in Brazil
By (author) Helen Shapiro
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Engines of Growth by Helen Shapiro
Book DescriptionIn the 1950s, Brazil prohibited car imports and forced transnational auto companies either to abandon the market or manufacture vehicles within Brazil. Although current approaches to economic development would suggest that this type of industrialization policy would fail in the political-economic context of post-war Brazil, the plan was very successful. This book explains the economic and political motivations behind the plan and why Brazil relied on foreign firms to do the job. It documents the bargaining process between the Brazilian government and transnational firms, estimates the cost incurred by the government as a result of the plan, and provides new archival evidence that shows that firms would not have invested without government pressure. It argues that the current, polarized debate on the role of the state in economic development must become more nuanced, as the Brazilian auto case suggests that the effectiveness of state policy can vary greatly across sectors and over time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521025003
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Helen Shapiro
Engines of Growth, Hardback (March 1994)» View all books by Helen Shapiro
The author looks at the economic and political motivations behind Brazil's industrialization policy and their prohibition of car imports in the 1950s.
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