Japanese Auto Transplants in the Heartland: Corporatism and Community
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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The Coming of the Transplants Why Are They Important?
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRANSPLANTS
The GlobalLocal Connection How the Changing Global Economy Affected States and Communities
RESPONSE TO THE CHANGING GLOBAL ECONOMY
THE EMERGING POLITICAL ECONOMY
Settling in the Heartland Why the Midwest Corridor?
ORGANIZATION CLASS AND STATE INFLUENCES
Creating a New Worker Fusing Labor Community and Company
PRERECRUITMENT COMMUNITY SOCIALIZATION
WORK GROUP TRAINING
IS IT TAKING HOLD?
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Corporatism as Civic Virtue
POLITICS BUSINESS LABOR
WINNERS AND COMPETITORS
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS AND REGRESSION ANALYSIS
Selling Growth to SmallTown America Media Images
NEWSPAPERS AND THE POLITICS OF GROWTH
LEGITIMIZING INCENTIVES FOR CORPORATISM
WHO SPEAKS ON THE TRANSPLANTS?
COSTS AND BENEFITS OF GROWTH
HOW NEWSPAPERS DEAL WITH DISSIDENT VOICES
THE SOCIAL SIDE OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
EMBEDDEDNESS IN KENTUCKY
EMBEDDEDNESS IN TENNESSEE
EMBEDDEDNESS AND AFRICANAMERICANS
Capital and Community in Transition Continuing Corporate Welfare or Nascent Social Economy?
CORPORATE WELFARE AND CAPITALCOMMUNITY TENSION
POSSIBILITIES FOR NEW CAPITALCOMMUNITY ACCORDS
A Note on Method
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