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High Road Development in a Low Tech Industry: Policymakers, Producer Networks, and the Co-Production of Innovation in the Mexican Ceramics Sector

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High Road Development in a Low Tech Industry: Policymakers, Producer Networks, and the Co-Production of Innovation in the Mexican Ceramics Sector

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dc.contributor.author Samford, Steven
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T17:43:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-28
dc.date.submitted July 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21074
dc.description.abstract When faced with the integration of international markets, some small producers in the developing world respond with “low road” strategies that undermine wages and working conditions while others take the “high road” to become globally competitive. Existing explanations – macroeconomic policy, human capital development, geography – are unable to account for this variation both across and within sectors. I address this variation by examining workshop-level responses to a government effort to develop and disseminate a lead-free glaze in the Mexican ceramics sector. Many producers have failed to adopt the glaze despite the fact that it promises to improve both their health and their export prospects. I draw on a variety of data to understand which workshops adopt the improved glaze technology: social network and statistical analysis of an original survey; interviews with state and federal officials and workshops in several villages; observation of training programs and meetings of producer groups. I find that upgrading is most likely where state agents work through existing networks of producers, using these social ties as conduits for the flow of information about technology and markets. However, networks of producers at the cluster level are highly uneven, which complicates the task of disseminating information through clusters. Moreover, the weakness of the Mexican state relative to civil society – especially in remote rural areas and highly indigenous areas – has made the formation of public-private ties much more difficult for the state to accomplish. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Grant # SES-1026767); Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship (funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation); Fulbright Commission; Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject development, labor regulation, social networks, innovation, Mexico, ceramics en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ceramic industries -- Social aspects -- Mexico
dc.subject.lcsh Potters -- Mexico -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Diffusion of innovations -- Government policy -- Mexico
dc.subject.lcsh Industrial hygiene -- Government policy -- Mexico
dc.title High Road Development in a Low Tech Industry: Policymakers, Producer Networks, and the Co-Production of Innovation in the Mexican Ceramics Sector en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Political Science en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Political Science en_US
dc.description.advisor Schrank, Andrew
dc.description.advisor Stanley, William
dc.description.committee-member Schrank, Andrew
dc.description.committee-member Stanley, William
dc.description.committee-member Peceny, Mark
dc.description.committee-member Hochstetler, Kathryn
emb.embargo.terms 2016-07-30
emb.embargo.lift 2016-07-30


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