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Today, production processes have become fragmented with a range of activities divided among firms and workers across borders. These global value chains are being strongly promoted by international organizations, such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, but social and political backlash is mounting in a growing variety of forms.
This ambitious volume brings together academics and activists from Europe to address the social and environmental imbalances of global production. Thinking creatively about how to reform the current economic system, this book will be essential reading for those interested in building sustainable alternatives at local, regional and global levels.
"A unique combination of academic and practitioner perspectives on challenging issues in global value chains. It covers key conceptual and campaign topics – of great interest to academic and policy audiences." Stephanie Barrientos, University of Manchester
"This book embodies new research insights from the activist tradition of global value chain scholarship. It will be essential to tackle the tough challenges of contemporary global capitalism." Gary Gereffi, Duke University
Florence Palpacuer is Professor in Management Studies at the University of Montpellier.
Alistair Smith is the International Coordinator of Banana Link.
Introduction: Rethinking Value Chains in times of crisis ~ Florence Palpacuer & Alistair Smith
Part 1: Mounting issues in the governance of GVCs
Global Production Networks: The State, Power and Politics ~ Martin Hess
Global Inequality Chains: How Global Value Chains and Wealth Chains (Re)produce Inequalities of Wealth ~ Liam Campling & Clair Quentin
Orchestrating Environmental Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains ~ Stefano Ponte
Trade policy for fairer and more equitable GVCs ~ Louise Curran & Jappe Eckhardt
Part 2: Strengthening the role of people and democracy;
Civil society action towards judiciary changes in the regulation of GVCs ~ Marilyn Croser
Assessing the economic, social and environmental impacts of GVCs as a tool for change ~ Christophe Alliot
Worker- and small farmer-led strategies to engage lead firms in responsible sourcing ~ Alistair Smith
Empowering Local Communities in their Struggle for Land and Rights ~ Eloise Mauret
Conclusion: Pondering the future of Global Value Chains ~ Florence Palpacuer & Alistair Smith