Engines of Growth by Helen Shapiro
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Engines of Growth
By Helen Shapiro

Engines of Growth

The State and Transnational Auto Companies in Brazil

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Engines of Growth by Helen Shapiro

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In 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521416405
ISBN-10: 052141640X
Format: Hardback
(204mm x 159mm x 17mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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