Kevin Gallagher launches new book on China and Latin America

kevinbookPardee Faculty Fellow, Prof. Kevin Gallagher, launched his new book on China and Latin America at the School for International and Public Affairs, Colombia University on October 11, 2010. Professor Gallagher co-authored the book, “The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization,” with Roberto Porzecanski, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

Prof. Gallagher also published a Pardee policy brief, “China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization” (IIB Issue 18) in October 2010 as an update and expansion of the book. To download the policy brief, go here.

Kevin P. Gallagher is Associate Professor of International Economics at Boston University, where he directs the Global Economic Governance Initiative at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future. He is author of numerous books, articles, and opinion pieces on trade policy, development, and the environment.

About the book:

In the eyes of many, China’s unprecedented economic rise has brought nothing but good news to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Indeed, China’s growing appetite for primary products, and the ability of Latin America to supply that demand, has played a role in restoring growth in Latin America, both in the run-up to the global financial crisis and in its aftermath.

The dragon in the room that few are talking about is the fact that China is simultaneously out-competing Latin American manufacturers in world markets—so much so that it may threaten the ability of the region to generate long-term economic growth. One of the authors’ key claims is that China is rapidly building the technological capabilities necessary for industrial development, whereas Latin American tech innovation and sophistication lags considerably. At a deeper level, the findings in this volume imply that China’s road to globalization, one that emphasizes gradualism and coordinated macro-economic and industrial policies, is far superior to the “Washington Consensus” route taken by most Latin American nations, particularly Mexico.

To purchase the book, go here.