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The Reagan Revolution

Ellen Israel Rosen

in Making Sweatshops

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233362
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928572 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233362.003.0008
The Reagan Revolution

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This chapter investigates the compromise that the Reagan administration brokered among textile producers, apparel manufacturers, and retailers—a compromise that went far beyond new trade regulations and made the industry more footloose than it had ever been before. It also provides an analysis of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI). The CBI was designed to restructure the traditional trade, investment, and financial links between selected countries in the Caribbean countries and Central America and the United States. The Special Access Program (SAP) provided lower tariffs, higher quotas, and access to lower wages, all designed to expand production sharing. It is noted that the Super 807 seemed an ideal policy. The increase in apparel shipped in from the Far East, the CBI countries, and Mexico would challenge domestic manufacturers, as women apparel workers lost more jobs, and sweatshops began to reappear.

Keywords: Reagan administration; Caribbean Basin Initiative; Special Access Program; Super 807; Far East; trade regulations; apparel; Mexico; United States

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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