Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, the Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities

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Oxford University Press, Dec 1, 2014 - Political Science - 368 pages
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders owed much of their unexpected popularity in the 2016 primaries to their respective stances on trade and immigration policy. Political elites and policy experts were bewildered by combative talk of building a wall and the ubiquity of anti-TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) sloganeering in what many saw as a bizarre election cycle. They have scrambled to explain both Trump's victory and the new political fault lines that have emerged in both major political parties, largely around trade and immigration. In struggling industrial towns and cities, the rise of Trump and Sanders was less of a surprise. These places have long weathered globalization's storm. Many feel left behind and sold short. They are anxious, and they're demanding answers. Galesburg, Illinois, is one such city.
 

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Contents

Prologue
Boom Days in Appliance City
Unrest in the Magic Valley
An American Classic in the Global
The Redheaded Stepchild
Padre Mike and NAFTA
Resist or Reinvent
Sin Maíz No Hay País
Esa es Mi Visión
Looking North from Barra de Cazones
Getting Back to Work in the Burg
Hojas Blackberries and the Tortilla King
Treading Water in the Great Recession
Little Detroit El Cártel and Aguamiel
Reshoring
Epilogue

The End is HERE
The Mike Allen Question
Chiles Coyotes and Vanilla
Frogs Mules and Life after Maytag
Notes on Method
Acknowledgments
Notes
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Chad Broughton is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.