Global value chains and human development: a class-relational framework

Selwyn, Benjamin (2016) Global value chains and human development: a class-relational framework. Third World Quarterly, 37 (10). pp. 1768-1786. ISSN 0143-6597

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Abstract

Global Value Chain proponents argue that regional and human development can be achieved through ‘strategic coupling’ with transnational corporations. This argument is misleading for two reasons. First, GVC abstracts firm-firm and firm-state relations from their class-relational basis, obscuring fundamental developmental processes. Second, much GVC analysis promotes linear conceptions of development. This article provides a class-relational framework for GVC analysis. The formation and functioning of GVCs and the developmental effects associated with them are products of histories of evolving and often conflictive, class relations. A study of export horticulture in North East Brazil provides empirical support for these arguments.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Global Value chains, Human Development, Strategic Coupling, Export Horticulture, North East Brazil
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 13:56
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 11:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61154

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