By John Pickles, Adrian Smith et al.
Articulations of Capital offers an available, grounded, but theoretically-sophisticated account of the geographies of worldwide creation networks, price chains, and nearby improvement in post-socialist japanese and vital Europe.
- Proposes a brand new theorization of worldwide worth chains as a part of a conjunctural fiscal geography
- Develops a suite of conceptual and theoretical arguments in regards to the neighborhood embeddedness of worldwide production
- Draws on longitudinal empirical learn from over twenty years within the Bulgarian and Slovakian clothing industries
- Makes a tremendous intervention into the talk over the industrial geographies of eu integration and european enlargement
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With the expanded pace of delocalization and outsourcing, and the emergence of new forms of labour regulation, codes of corporate conduct, ethical sourcing initiatives and the loss of export markets due to the global economic crisis, we argue that the current conditions of work and opportunities for organized labour are far from straightforward. Chapter Four shifts the focus to the state and the institutionalized forms of regulation governing the apparel production networks in ECE. It argues that state and international trade policies were fundamental to the ways in which regional apparel production was embedded in west European production networks.
The forms of apparel production networks which provide our focus were at the heart of these East– West inter‐dependencies. They were established through West European production contracting of apparel to command economy factories in ECE during the Cold War. By focusing on the role of these pre‐existing networks as they were extended and deepened after 1989, Articulations of Capital contributes to the critical re‐thinking of the geographies of post‐socialism and European macro‐regional integration both prior to and following the collapse of state socialism.
Important elements of the ECE (especially the Bulgarian) apparel industry are predicated on their embeddedness in informal production arrangements, informalized work and ethnically structured economic practices that contribute goods and labour for both domestic and export markets. The chapter details the ways in which a large number of small workshop firms located in ethnic Turkish and Bulgarian Muslim neighbourhoods became linked to national and international circuits of trade through open air markets, which in turn functioned to reduce overall costs of production, inputs and services in the formal apparel export sector.