How individuals shape global production

Authored by: Frederick William Lee

Routledge Handbook of World-Systems Analysis

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415563642
eBook ISBN: 9780203863428
Adobe ISBN: 9781135179151


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The contemporary literature on the organization of transnational production is dominated by firm-and meso-level research such as the global commodity and value chains paradigm. In economic sociology the global value chains (GVCs) paradigm has characterized the contemporary literature and defines the extant knowledge. GVCs research emphasizes the economic motivations for participating in the world-economy and considers the unequal distribution of value in parallel with the distribution of labor within global production networks as sociogenic and representative of the unequal power relations within the world-economy.

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