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Harnessing Globalization: The Promotion of Nontraditional Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America

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“Roy Nelson’s research has shed light on an immensely important subject and offered a new understanding of the way that investment promotion agencies (IPAs) can make a difference in the decisions of corporations with global reach. Nelson uses the comparative method intelligently through the careful design of qualitative comparisons that span multiple cases within Latin America, traverse the national-subnational divide, and include cross-regional comparisons of archetypal cases for good measure. The research, based on extensive interviews with IPA officials and politicians, official documents, and secondary sources, is extremely well crafted, with rich detail and nuanced analysis. This enables Nelson to take the reader into the thinking of public officials in a way that only the most finely done fieldwork can make possible.”

—Alfred P. Montero, Carleton College

“Latin American countries are in the throes of redefining their policies toward foreign direct investment in order to harness the forces of globalization to the structural transformation of their own economies. Professor Nelson’s book is a ‘must-read’ for policy makers and academics interested in this process and in the practical lessons that can be derived from the experiences of Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile, Ireland, and Singapore.”

—Manuel R. Agosin, Chairman, Department of Economics, Universidad de Chile

“This book is a fascinating account of the comparative strategies of Brazil, Costa Rica, and Chile to attract foreign direct investment. In particular, it concentrates on those foreign investors who can bring in high technology, new services, and research and development. Modern development theories now accept the fact that quality foreign investments can both contribute to the economic growth rate of a country and become a key pillar for long-term development in less developed countries. Harnessing Globalization focuses on providing solid evidence for the Asiatic and European models. These comparative policies should be considered by countries that are still thought of as newcomers in this grand strategic game.”

—Eduardo Aninat, Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Austral; former Finance Minister of Chile (1994–99); former Deputy Managing Director of the IMF (1999–2003)

“While the focus of the book is Latin America, Nelson also provides cases from Ireland and Singapore, adding breadth to the applicability of the conclusions. This volume will be of value to students and practitioners of international business, public policy, and development economics.”

—S. Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Choice

About the Author

Roy C. Nelson is Associate Professor of Global Studies at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is the author of Industrialization and Political Affinity: Industrial Policy in Brazil (1995).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271035137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271035130
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,405,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great Book. If you need are an academic or investor, this book provides keys to understanding the business climate in Latin America. The analysis is first rate and comes from a person who has consulted and impacted the countries of discussion.
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