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Puerto Rico: Negotiating Development and Change

James L. Dietz
Puerto Rico: Negotiating Development and Change
ISBN: 978-1-58826-122-9
ISBN: 978-1-58826-147-2
2003/221 pages/LC: 2003041370

"Highly recommended."—Choice

"This book is a must for anyone interested in learning more about Puerto Rico."—Francisco L. Rivera-Batiz, Columbia University

"A timely, novel, and important contribution.... It should stimulate a vital debate about whether a higher stage of development in Puerto Rico can be reached under present circumstances."—Orlando Sotomayor, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagúez


In the midst of significantly changing economic and political relations with the United States, Puerto Rico is struggling to find a new—and effective—development path. James Dietz examines the island's contemporary development trajectory, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis.

Dietz considers where Puerto Rico's economy is today, why, and how its challenging state of affairs might be improved. Throughout, building on his acclaimed Economic History of Puerto Rico, he explores the historical, social, and political forces that have accompanied Puerto Rico's course from the 1940s to the first decade of the twenty-first century.


James L. Dietz is professor of economics at California State University, Fullerton. His numerous publications include Economic History of Puerto Rico, The Process of Economic Development (coauthored with James Cypher), and Latin America's Economic Development: Confronting Crisis.


  • An Overview of Economic and Social Progress.
  • Puerto Rico's Development Path: A Comparison with East Asia and Latin America.
  • Dimensions of Ownership and Control.
  • Accounting for Economic Growth.
  • The End of Operation Bootstrap.
  • The "New" Economy.