High tech, low tech, no tech: recent industrial and by William W. Falk

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To adopt a strategy of attempting to compete with the developing countries' low wages. The authors lay out alternative industrial strategies for the South. The first is to fine tune the de facto strategy by making marginal changes that would provide additional attractions to industry. While this strategy has had some success and will probably continue, it also has some serious drawbacks. As industry requires higher skill levels and ''smokestack chasing" becomes more general, this strategy loses its effectiveness.

0975 subject : High technology industries--Southern States, Industries--Southern States, Occupations--Southern States, Southern States--Economic conditions, Rural population--Southern States. Page i High Tech, Low Tech, No Tech Page ii SUNY Series in the New Inequalities A. Gary Dworkin, Editor Page iii High Tech, Low Tech, No Tech. Recent Industrial and Occupational Change in the South WILLIAM W. FALK and THOMAS A. LYSON State University of New York Press Page iv Published by State University of New York Press, Albany © 1988 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

In this book we provide one answer to this question. To do this we examine recent changes in the industrial and occupational fabric of the South. We then relate these changes to a Page 2 set of de facto industrial policies that the region has embraced with little thought to possible adverse consequences. Our purpose is to understand why the crusade for industrial development has not improved the economic lot of many southern workers relative to their northern counterparts. Selling the South As social historian James Cobb has recently shown, from the mid-1930's on, southern leaders have aggressively worked to expand and diversify the region's economic base.

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