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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production

Edited by Kees van der Pijl, Fellow, Centre for Global Political Economy and Professor Emeritus, University of Sussex, UK
This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art overview of the changing world of global production. Chapters cover the geography of why and where jobs are moving in both manufacturing and services. The authors discuss topics relating to the human and natural basis on which production rests, from the consequences of exploitation and marginalization on body and mind, to sex work, biotechnology, and the prospects for ecological re-balancing. This Handbook will appeal to academics at all levels interested in political economy, international studies and politics, as well as trade unionists and NGO activists.
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Publication Date: 2015
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Labour Policy
The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of the changing world of global production. The book explores the topic in a range of directions, including the human material ‘used’ in production across the globe and alternatives proposed from different quarters.

Chapters cover the geography of why and where jobs are moving in both manufacturing and services. The doubling of the world’s available labour supply after the opening up of the planned economies in Europe and Asia has sharply tilted the balance of power towards giant corporations. Labour and the politics of work is analysed in a number of key countries. Possible signs of a recovery of organized labour’s negotiating power on this vastly expanded playing field are discussed in separate chapters, and a complete overview is provided of labour research networks currently active. This important volume addresses topics relating to the human and natural basis on which production rests, from the consequences of the exploitation of the body and mind to sex work, biotechnology, and the prospects for ecological re-balancing.

Written by a team of authors from fourteen different countries and comprising some of the biggest names in contemporary social science as well as topical specialists, this Handbook will prove a critical resource to political economists at all levels, trade unionists and NGO activists in the labour and human rights sphere, politicians and journalists.
Contributors: J. Baines, A. Bhattacharjee, M. Boyer, D. Bradanini, U. Brand, J. Chan, C.B.N. Chin, M. Davies, R. Delgado Wise, R. Desai, A. Fishwick, A. Freeman, S. Gindin, K. Gray, J.-C. Graz, Y. Gromyko, J. Harrod, O. Holman, R. Ihara, Y. Jang, S. Kay, D.T. Martin, S. McGrath, J. Merk, P. Moore, L. Panitch, M. Paterson, N. Pun, A. Roy, S. Sassen, M. Selden, B. Selwyn, G.M. ?enalp, Ö. ?enalp, W. Seppmann, B.J. Silver, K. Strauss, M. Wissen, J. Wullweber










Contents:

Introduction: The World of Production and Political Economy
Kees van der Pijl

Acknowledgements

Table of Contents

PART I RESTRUCTURING THE GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
Introduction to Part I

1. Labour, War and World Politics: Contemporary Dynamics in World-Historical Perspective
Beverly J. Silver

2. Rethinking Production, Finance and Hegemonic Decline in IPE
Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

3. Innovation Policies and the Competition State–The Case of Nanotechnology
Joscha Wullweber

4. The Political Economy of Global Labour Arbitrage
Raúl Delgado Wise and David T. Martin

5. Apple’s iPad City: Subcontracting Exploitation to China
Jenny Chan, Pun Ngai and Mark Selden

6. The Grapes of Wrath. Social Upgrading and Class Struggles in Global Value Chains
Benjamin Selwyn

7. Global Outsourcing and Socialisation of Labour–the Case of Nike
Jeroen Merk

8. Standardizing Services: Transnational Authority and Market Power
Jean-Christophe Graz

9. Encumbered Behemoth: Wal-Mart, Differential Accumulation and International Retail Restructuring
Joseph Baines

10. Beyond the BRICS—New Patterns of Development Cooperation in the Trans-Eurasian Corridor
Yury Gromyko


PART II. LABOUR AND THE POLITICS OF WORK
Introduction to Part II
11. Look Back in Hope? Reassessing Fordism Today
Radhika Desai

12. Paternalism, Taylorism, Socialism: The Battle for Production in the Chilean Textile Industry 1930-1973
Adam Fishwick

13. Trasformismo and the Defeat of the Left in Italy
Davide Bradanini

14. Flexibilization of Labour in the European Union
Otto Holman

15. Globalization and Japanese-style Management: Image and Changing Reality
Ryoji Ihara

16. Work, Power and the Urban Poor.
Jeffrey Harrod

17. Unfreedom and Workers’ Power: Ever-present Possibilities
Siobhán McGrath and Kendra Strauss

18. The Race to the Bottom Halted? Passive Revolution and Workers’ Resistance in China
Youngseok Jang and Kevin Gray

19. Bargaining in the Global Commodity Chain–The Asian Floor Wage Alliance
Anannya Bhattacharjee and Ashim Roy

20. Twilight of the Machinocrats: Creative Industries, Design, and the Future of Human Labour
Alan Freeman

Appendix to Part II: Current Networks of Radical Labour Research
Örsan ?enalp and Mehmet Gürsan ?enalp

PART III. PRODUCTION, REPRODUCTION, NATURE
Introduction to Part III

21. Tracking Bodies, the ‘Quantified Self’ and the Corporeal Turn
Phoebe Moore

22. Production in Everyday Life: Poetics and Prosaics
Matt Davies

23. Automobility: Culture, (Re-)Production, and Sustainability
Matthew Paterson

24. Risk Capitalism, Crisis of Socialisation, and Loss of Civilisation
Werner Seppmann

25. Servicing the World: Women, Transnational Migration and Sex Work in a Neoliberal Era
Christine B. N. Chin

26. Molecular Biotechnologies: Insights on Production through the Lens of Reproduction
Miriam Boyer

27. Alternatives to Agribusiness: Agro-ecology and the Peasant Principle
Sylvia Kay

28. Strategies of a Green Economy, Contours of a Green Capitalism
Ulrich Brand and Markus Wissen

Conclusion: Emergent Predatory Logics
Saskia Sassen

Index