Articulations of Capital: Global Production Networks and Regional Transformations
December 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
- Proposes a new theorization of global value chains as part of a conjunctural economic geography
- Develops a set of conceptual and theoretical arguments concerning the regional embeddedness of global production
- Draws on longitudinal empirical research from over 20 years in the Bulgarian and Slovakian apparel industries
- Makes a major intervention into the debate over the economic geographies of European integration and EU enlargement
Series Editors’ Preface vii
List of Figures viii
List of Tables xi
Preface and Acknowledgements xii
Part One Articulating Capital in Global Production Networks 1
1 Articulations of Capital 3
2 Economic Geography, Conjuncture and the Dynamics of Capital 23
Part Two Working off the Past: Context and Complexity in Apparel Global Production Networks 53
3 Working in the Post‐Socialist Apparel Economy 55
4 Managing Europe’s Golden Bands: Trade Policy and the Regulation of Production Networks (with Robert Begg) 86
5 Transformations, Legacies and Networks: The State and Market Globalizations (with Robert Begg and Milan Bucě k) 104
Part Three Industrial Dynamics, Regionalization and the Conjunctural Economy of Global Production Networks 135
6 Theorizing Transition and the Dynamics of Capital: The Diverse Trajectories of Post‐socialist Firms (with
Robert Begg, Milan Buček, Poli Roukova, and Rudolf Pastor) 137
7 Border Reconfigurations and the Frontiers of Capital (with Robert Begg, Milan Buček, and Rudolf Pastor) 162
8 Regionalization and the Palimpsests of Production: Delocalization, Legacies and Firm Differentiation (with Robert Begg and Poli Roukova) 182
9 The Cultural Economies of Post‐Socialism: Ethnicity, Garage Firms and Regional Markets (with Robert Begg and Poli Roukova) 214
Part Four Conclusion 237
10 Conclusion 239
Appendix 1 Firm-level Restructuring in the Slovak Textiles and Clothing Sector, 2004–2013 253
Appendix 2 Key to Figure 9.14 Dimitrovgrad Market, 2011 257
Adrian Smith is Professor of Human Geography and Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. Editor-in-Chief of the journal European Urban and Regional Studies, Dr. Smith has authored and co-edited five books on post-socialist Europe, including Domesticating Neo-Liberalism: Spaces of Economic Practice and Social Reproduction in Post-Socialist Cities (with A. Stenning, A. Rochovská, and D. Świątek, Wiley, 2010).
Robert Begg is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Regional Planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Milan Buček is Professor and Head of the Department Public Administration and Regional Developmente at the University of Economics in Bratislava.
Poli Roukova is a Senior Research Fellow in Economic and Social Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Rudolf Pástor is Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department Public Administration and Regional Developmente at the University of Economics in Bratislava.
Petr Pavlínek, Professor of Geography, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
‘This book presents a well grounded and historically contextualized analysis of the political economy of regional transformation in a changing world of apparel global production networks. I particularly like its focus on “actually existing transitions” in selected East Central European regional economies. In this way, the authors have eschewed the snapshot approach in most studies of inter-firm industrial governance and shed much better empirical light on the critical issue of industrial upgrading.’
Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Professor of Economic Geography and Co-Director of the GPN@NUS Centre, National University of Singapore