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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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: 02 Jul 2019 16:30

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