Refashioning the Rag Trade

Refashioning the Rag Trade : Internationalising Australia (TM)s Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry

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Since the early 1980s, successive Australian governments have adhered to a national industry strategy of 'international competitiveness'. - Underwritten by the rise of neo-classical economics (or economic rationalism) it included the removal of tariffs, quotas and other protection and the wholesale restructure of many manufacturing industries. - The authors trace the history of the changes as they were applied to Australia's textiles clothing and footwear industries, describing both the nature and extent of the transformation of the industry and then considering the consequences for the workers in the industry. - The book exposes the serious inadequacies of economic theories on which the whole change process was based. - It reveals that the benefits of 'free trade' have been seriously oversold to Australians, and measures the true costs of trade liberalisation as rising inequality, unemployment and marginalisation.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 155 x 235mm | 500g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 086840540X
  • 9780868405407
  • 2,997,282

About Michael Webber

Michael Webber is Professor of Geography at The University of Melbourne has had an ongoing interest in industrial policy and for many years. He is the author or co-author of ten books, the most recent of which are Global Restructuring (Oxford University Press, 1999) and The Golden Age (Guilford Press, 1996) For five years co-author Sally Weller was Research Fellow to the TCF Industry Study. She is now attached to the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, with a major interest being the internationalisation of commodity chains.
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