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dc.contributor.authorSamford, Steven
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-28T17:43:11Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-28
dc.date.submittedJuly 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/21074
dc.description.abstractWhen 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.sponsorshipNational 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 Mexicoen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectdevelopment, labor regulation, social networks, innovation, Mexico, ceramicsen_US
dc.subject.lcshCeramic industries -- Social aspects -- Mexico
dc.subject.lcshPotters -- Mexico -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcshDiffusion of innovations -- Government policy -- Mexico
dc.subject.lcshIndustrial hygiene -- Government policy -- Mexico
dc.titleHigh Road Development in a Low Tech Industry: Policymakers, Producer Networks, and the Co-Production of Innovation in the Mexican Ceramics Sectoren_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.degreePolitical Scienceen_US
dc.description.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Political Scienceen_US
dc.description.advisorSchrank, Andrew
dc.description.advisorStanley, William
dc.description.committee-memberSchrank, Andrew
dc.description.committee-memberStanley, William
dc.description.committee-memberPeceny, Mark
dc.description.committee-memberHochstetler, Kathryn
emb.embargo.terms2016-07-30
emb.embargo.lift2016-07-30


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