Japanese Auto Transplants in the Heartland: Corporatism and Community (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, 1994 - Business & Economics - 186 pages
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During the 1980s six Japanese automobile assembly plants were built in six midwestern states which put up over a billion dollars in incentives to attract the transplants. In turn, the Japanese corporate firms involved in these arrangements invested seven billion dollars to build the plants. Hundreds of automobile supplier firms have come to the region thereby creating a formidable Japanese auto industry that promises jobs and economic growth for many communities.
This book examines the promise of a new form of government-business partnership, which is called corporatism. It also examines the tensions and conflicts between the corporatist project and the host communities in which the transplants reside. The interplay of economy and society is revealed through Perrucci's study of the actions of Japanese corporations, American politicians, local business elites, labor unions, newspapers, and numerous community groups that support or oppose transplants.
Among the questions that Perrucci examines in his new book are: How did states compete for the transplants? What was the role of local newspapers in selling the idea of providing incentives for the transplants? How were workers selected to become part of the new team in the transplants? How did the Japanese and local elites get the corporatist project integrated into the local culture?
  

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Contents

The Coming of the Transplants Why Are They Important?
1
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRANSPLANTS
9
EMBEDDED CORPORATISM
16
The GlobalLocal Connection How the Changing Global Economy Affected States and Communities
21
RESPONSE TO THE CHANGING GLOBAL ECONOMY
27
THE EMERGING POLITICAL ECONOMY
35
Settling in the Heartland Why the Midwest Corridor?
41
ORGANIZATION CLASS AND STATE INFLUENCES
43
Creating a New Worker Fusing Labor Community and Company
105
PRERECRUITMENT COMMUNITY SOCIALIZATION
106
RECRUITMENT SOCIALIZATION
108
WORK GROUP TRAINING
116
INPLANT CULTURE
117
IS IT TAKING HOLD?
118
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Corporatism as Civic Virtue
125
POLITICS BUSINESS LABOR
126

WINNERS AND COMPETITORS
49
OHIO CASE
51
TENNESSEE CASE
54
MICHIGAN CASE
57
ILLINOIS CASE
62
KENTUCKY CASE
64
INDIANA CASE
68
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS AND REGRESSION ANALYSIS
71
CONCLUSION
75
Selling Growth to SmallTown America Media Images
77
NEWSPAPERS AND THE POLITICS OF GROWTH
78
LEGITIMIZING INCENTIVES FOR CORPORATISM
81
WHO SPEAKS ON THE TRANSPLANTS?
87
COSTS AND BENEFITS OF GROWTH
90
HOW NEWSPAPERS DEAL WITH DISSIDENT VOICES
96
CONCLUSIONS
102
INCENTIVE PACKAGES
131
THE SOCIAL SIDE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
134
PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
139
EMBEDDEDNESS IN KENTUCKY
142
EMBEDDEDNESS IN TENNESSEE
143
EMBEDDEDNESS AND AFRICANAMERICANS
144
FINAL COMMENTS
145
Capital and Community in Transition Continuing Corporate Welfare or Nascent Social Economy?
147
CORPORATE WELFARE AND CAPITALCOMMUNITY TENSION
149
POSSIBILITIES FOR NEW CAPITALCOMMUNITY ACCORDS
154
A Note on Method
167
DOCUMENTS
168
INTERVIEWS
169
References
171
Index
179
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Robert Perrucci is Professor of Sociology, Purdue University.

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