Development, Labor Standards, and Economic Integration in the Americas

Mural detail: "Pan-American Unity" at the City College of San Francisco, Diego Rivera

With the series Development, Labor Standards and Economic Integration in the Americas, CLAS aims to generate dialogue around issues concerning labor in the context of development and economic integration throughout the Americas, furthering the debate on trade and the global economy. Funding provided by the Ford Foundation.


Spring 2005

Kevin Gallagher
“Guadalajara: The Silicon Valley of Mexico?”

Despite the fact that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been the cornerstone of Mexico’s economic policy, it has not generally produced the “spillover” in technology and know-how that policy-makers hoped for. Is Guadalajara the exception to this lackluster record? To what extent has Guadalajara, known as “Mexico’s Silicon Valley,” managed to create domestic spillovers? Prof. Gallagher will discuss what has been done in Guadalajara and what lessons other Latin American countries might draw from that city’s experiences.

Kevin P. Gallagher is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Boston University and a Research Associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University. His most recent books are Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs (forthcoming, Zed Books, 2005), Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond (Stanford, 2004) and International Trade and Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2002).

-Professor Gallagher's Powerpoint presentation (warning: 3.8 MB file)

Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Panel Discussion
“Crossing Borders: Trade Policy and Transnational Labor Education”

In 1998, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Center for Latin American Studies initiated a project which sought to inform union members about the realities of the global economy and the importance of the union’s role in trade policy. Between 1998 and 2002 nearly all the elected officials and appointed representatives of the Machinists union in the United States and Canada — about 600 people in all — journeyed to Tijuana in an effort at what might be called “transnational labor education.”

Harley Shaiken, Professor of Education and Geography; Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley

Owen Herrnstadt, Director of International Affairs, International Association of Machinists

Catha Worthman, Strategic Campaigns Coordinator, Health Systems Division of the Service Employees International Union

Tuesday, March 15, 4:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini
“Perspectives on CAFTA and Immigration”

Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini, an internationally recognized human rights activist, is the
bishop of the Dioceses of San Marcos, Guatemala and president of the Episcopal Secretariat of Central America (SEDAC). In his work with campesinos, immigrants and the landless, Bishop Ramazzini has consistently promoted rural development. Along with other bishops, he also played a pivotal role in the 1996 Peace Accords and is active in the promotion of the Recovery of Historical Memory Project (REMHI) in San Marcos. The REMHI report found state agents responsible for nearly 90 percent of human rights abuses during Guatemala’s 36 year armed conflict.

Monday, May 2, 4:00 pm
Howard Room, Men’s Faculty Club

Analysis of this and the Stein event, and photos of this event


Eduardo Stein
“The Impact of the Central American Free Trade Agreement”

Eduardo Stein is the Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala. Previously, he was a consultant for the International Organization for Migration, focusing on strategies and development projects related to issues of migration to the U.S. Dr. Stein also served as Guatemala’s Foreign Minister from 1996–2000. In that capacity he was an active participant in the country’s peace process during the final negotiating phases (1996) and in the promotion of international support for the implementation phases (1997-99). He helped revamp Guatemala’s foreign relations agenda in several fields including human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, foreign aid, regional development, environmental issues, trade and tourism.

Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 pm
Howard Room, Faculty Club

Analysis of this and the Ramazzini event, and photos of this event

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