Current Institutional Affiliation
Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Government, Harvard University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1999
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Political Science, University of California / Berkeley
Mobilizing Capital: Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa

The "internationalization" of domestic economies has altered national social organization significantly, yet the precise mechanisms and effects of this process remain contested. While some analysts argue that global price incentives induce actors to array themselves according to "objective" economic interests, others claim that political or sociological institutions continue to guide social behavior. This research aims to test the relative importance of a "price logic" versus an "institutional logic" in shaping societal responses to international economic exposure by focusing on the textile and electronics sectors in Morocco and Tunisia. I propose to spend six months in Morocco, where I would affiliate with the Moroccan-American Commission and work with professors from Mohamed V University, and six months in Tunisia where I would affiliate with the Centre d'Etudes Maghrebines a Tunis and work with professors from the University of Tunis.