Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries

by Sanchita Banerjee Saxena


“Sanchita Saxena's insightful and perceptive book explains how the garment industry in many Asian countries not only weathered the storm predicted when the Multi-Fiber Arrangement was phased out, but in fact exploited the opening to become prominent garment exporters in the world. Her analytic explanation for this success, through the concept of domestic coalitions of the important stakeholders, is creative and persuasive. And most exciting to me is the potential that domestic coalitions in industry might augment to full-fledged policy networks, perhaps to grow into the kind of inclusive political institutions that are the basis of modernization and real democracy.” – William Milam, Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh

"Sanchita Saxena has a keen mind and a big heart. Her book offers the best of both. It's a unique guide to the interaction of businesses, bureaucrats, activists, unions, and workers; the way their collisions make policy; and the nature of development. And it's a challenge, complete with lots of practical ideas, to all of us to do better." - Edward Gresser, Executive director of Progressive Economy and former Policy Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative under the Clinton Administration

“This book is based on extensive field research across three Asian nations–-Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sri Lanka-–and presents a treasure trove of new industry level data on the garment exports industries and related sectors. It makes a compelling argument and presents both sides--the positive and negative--of the trends and developments. In fact, part of the value of this work is that it is a rebuttal of the existing scholarly (and popular) literature that focuses more on the hostilities in the industries, ignoring partnerships and coalition building. This book makes an important contribution to the literature.” – Munir Quddus, Dean College of Business, Prairie View A&M University

"Sanchita Saxena is to be commended on a work which contextualizes the emerging tensions within a highly competitive global economy, particularly as they pertain to the workers within the garments industries of three important exporters, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Her work, drawing on some valuable primary research, should be of much value to not just researchers and policymakers but also to the workers of these industries." - Rehman Sobhan, Economist and Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh


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