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Handbook on Global Value Chains

Edited by Stefano Ponte, Professor of International Political Economy, Director, Centre for Business and Development Studies, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark, Gary Gereffi, Director of the Duke University Global Value Chains Center, Duke University, US and Gale Raj-Reichert, Lecturer in Economic Geography, Department of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Global value chains (GVCs) are a key feature of the global economy in the 21st century. They show how international investment and trade create cross-border production networks that link countries, firms and workers around the globe. This Handbook describes how GVCs arise and vary across industries and countries, and how they have evolved over time in response to economic and political forces. With chapters written by leading interdisciplinary scholars, the Handbook unpacks the key concepts of GVC governance and upgrading, and explores policy implications for advanced and developing economies alike.
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Publication Date: October 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 376 2
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Providing critical insight into the globalization of product conception, production, marketing and distribution, this Handbook comprehensively explores the functioning of global value chains (GVCs) and how they shape the global economy. It provides theoretical, analytical and empirically based policy-relevant tools to understand international production and trade in the modern global economy.

Written by a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars, this Handbook offers expert guidance on GVC analysis and the relationship between GVCs and governance, power relations, gender, upgrading and international development. The contributors also provide insight into strategy, innovation and learning, highlighting the dynamism and resilience of GVCs, and critically reflect on how GVCs affect inequality and the nature of work and production.

Comprising empirically rich and innovative research, this Handbook will be critical reading for advanced undergraduate and master’s level students interested in international business, global industries, sustainable development and the governance of global production systems. Academics researching and teaching in these fields will also benefit from this book’s broad and comprehensive approach to GVC analysis.
‘Finally, an encyclopaedia of global value chains. This collection of essays establishes the state of the art in knowledge on the industrial form – the GVC – that has transformed capitalism for better and worse and which is at the centre of contemporary scholarship and policy debates on economic development, distributive justice and international trade. This is an essential collection of essays that covers the micro and macro dimensions of the global value chain, including implications for gender equality, technological innovation and social activism. I guarantee that I (and my students) will be using this volume as a go-to reference book for years to come.’
– William Milberg, The New School for Social Research, US

‘This is the book on global value chains. With contributions from many leading lights of the GVC approach, and rising star early career academics, it provides a comprehensive understanding of the analysis of power, governance and distributive outcomes of globalisation in trade and production, and identifies key challenges for GVC research in the 21st century.’
– Khalid Nadvi, University of Manchester, UK
Contributors include: A. Abdulsamad, M. Alford, S. Azmeh, J. Bair, P. Bamber, S. Barrientos, L. Campling, D. Chor, M. Dallas, V. de Marchi, E. di Maria, K. Fernandez-Stark, S. Frederick, G. Gereffi, R. Golini, G. Graj-Reichert, E. Havice, R. Horner, R. Kaplisnky, A. Krishnan, J. Lee, M. Lee, R. Lema, P. Low, P. Lund-Thomsen, M.C. Mahutga, H. Manson, F. Mayer, M. Morris, J. Neilson, F. Palpacuer, J. Pickles, C. Pietrobelli, S. Ponte, R. Rabellotti, A. Rossi, M. Sako, N. Sinkovics, R. Sinkovics, C. Staritz, V. Stolzenburg, T. Sturgeon, D. Taglioni, M. Werner, L. Whitfield, D. Winkler, E. Zylberberg

Introduction to the Handbook on Global Value Chains
Stefano Ponte, Gary Gereffi, Gale Raj-Reichert

Part I: Mapping, Measuring and Analyzing GVCs
1. Global Value Chain Mapping
Stacey Frederick

2. Global Value Chain Analysis: A Primer
Karina Fernandez-Stark, Gary Gereffi

3. Measuring Global Value Chains
Timothy Sturgeon

4. Global Value Chains and Quantitative Macro-Comparative Sociology
Matthew C. Mahutga

5. Modelling Global Value Chains: Approaches and Insights from Economics 4
Davin Chor

Part II: Governance, Power and Inequality
6. Governance and Power in Global Value Chains
Stefano Ponte, Timothy Sturgeon and Mark Dallas

7. Governance and Upgrading in Global Cultural and Creative Value Chains
Joonkoo Lee and Minjung Lee

8. Rents and Inequality in Global Value Chains
Raphael Kaplinsky

9. On Value in Value Chains
Elizabeth Havice, John Pickles

10. Global Value Chains and Uneven Development: A Disarticulations Perspective
Marion Werner, Jennifer Bair

11. Contestation and Activism in Global Value Chains
Florence Palpacuer

12. Environment and Global Value Chains
Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice

13. Sustainability, Global Value Chains and Green Capital Accumulation
Stefano Ponte

Part III: The Multiple Dimensions of GVC Upgrading
14. Economic Upgrading in Global Value Chains
Gary Gereffi

15. Measuring and Analyzing Services in Global Value Chains
Patrick Low

16. Social Upgrading
Ariana Rossi

17. Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Value Chains
Peter Lund-Thomsen

18. Livelihood Upgrading
Jeff Neilson

19. Environmental Upgrading in Global Value Chains
Valentina De Marchi, Eleonora Di Maria, Aarti Krishnan, Stefano Ponte

20. Gender Dynamics in Global Value Chains
Stephanie Barrientos

Part IV: Strategy, Innovation and Learning
21. Firm-level Strategy and Global Value Chains
Mari Sako, Ezequiel Zylberberg

22. The Role of Transnational first-tier Suppliers in GVC Governance
Gale Raj-Reichert

23. Innovation in Global Value Chains
Rasmus Lema, Carlo Pietrobelli, Roberta Rabellotti

24. Local Firm-level Learning and Capability in Global Value Chain
Cornelia Staritz, Lindsay Whitfield

25. Local Clusters and Global Value Chains
Eleonora Di Maria, Valentina De Marchi, Gary Gereffi

26. International Business and Global Value Chains
Noemi Sinkovics, Rudolf R. Sinkovics

27. Supply Chain Management and Global Value Chains
Ruggero Golini, Matteo Kalchschmidt

Part V: International Development and Public Policy
28. Compressed Development
Timothy Sturgeon, D. Hugh Whittaker

29. GVCs and Development: Policy Formulation for Economic and Social Upgrading
Penny Bamber, Karina Fernandez-Stark

30. Economic Upgrading through Global Value Chain Participation: Which Policies increase the Value added Gains?
31. Industrialization Paths and Industrial Policy for Developing Countries in Global Value Chains
Victor Stolzenburg, Daria Taglioni, Deborah Winkler

32. International Trade Policy and Global Value Chains
Shamel Azmeh

33. Public-Private Partnerships in Global Value Chains
Ajmal Abdulsamad, Hernan Manson

34. The Roles of the State in Global Value Chains
Rory Horner, Matthew Alford

35. International Development Organizations and Global Value Chains
Frederick Mayer, Gary Gereffi

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