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By Strom C. Thacker

Current theories of monetary liberalization fail to account for Mexico's reviews. Why has the Mexican govt risked alienating its basic constituencies through pursuing alternate starting and becoming a member of NAFTA? titanic company, the kingdom, and unfastened exchange argues that Mexico's exchange reforms are the manufactured from the formation of political coalitions among company and the nation in several foreign contexts. It covers the NAFTA negotiations intimately, with a distinct case research at the car undefined. As Mexico democratizes, business-government coalitions becomes more and more vital.

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These notions are consistent with and build upon some of trade theories associated with the "new international economics" (Krugman 1986), which attempt to go beyond the logic of comparative advantage associated with a Ricardian, Stolper-Samuelson, Heckscher-Ohlin vision of the world to explain trade patterns and make policy recommendations. A purely comparative advantage theory of trade policy interests would make no predictions about the policy preferences of large versus small business. Stolper-Samuelson, for example, would predict that all capitalists, regardless of size or sector, would be expected to oppose free trade.

Leverage should also not be confused with power. Leverage refers to the tools or means at one's disposal, while power is the ability to shape others' behavior. I define leverage as the ability of one actor to exert pressure on another. The structural leverage of business is the capacity to exert pressure that derives from the private sector's control over investment resources. Power, or the ability to control policy outcomes, is a relational concept that takes into account the state's vulnerability to other actors' leverage.

Technological advances in transportation and communications have dramatically lowered the transaction costs of moving capital. For example, financial capital can be transferred virtually instantaneously via satellite from Mexico City to Tokyo, from Bangkok to New York. In the international monetary system, the Bretton Woods principle of free convertibility of currencies, along with flexible exchange rates and decreases in exchange controls and financial regulation across the globe since the end of Bretton Woods in the 1970s, have also served to integrate international financial markets (cf.

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