Professor Nan Enstad’s new book, Cigarettes Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism, was featured in an op-ed piece for the Washington Post. The piece, titled “How Gov. Evers can make Foxconn work for Wisconsin: the key to good corporate citizenship,” commented on the 2017 Foxconn deal, which promises a $4.7 billion subsidy to the Taiwan-based Foxconn technology group for the purposes of building a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.
Enstad directs her audience to examine the events of a century ago, when the British American Tobacco Company (BAT) made a similar investment with China. Enstad writes, “BAT’s successful, but exploitative, Chinese model offers lessons for Evers as he looks to enforce good corporate citizenship upon Foxconn in exchange for billions of government dollars.”