The globalization of production from a development perspective

Isabel Estevez (University of Cambridge)
Federico Medina
Isabel Estevez
Lecture Room B (Queens College)
Start time:
13 September, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The globalization of production is one of the dominant facts of our times. Yet, discussions about its implications for development have been theoretically limited and separated by disciplinary boundaries. This panel seeks to address these limitations through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Long abstract:

The globalization of production has captured the attention of business scholars and economists, sociologists and geographers. From their respective disciplines, scholars have sought to harness the nature of this phenomenon by identifying new patterns of global distribution of value, typifying emerging forms of geographically disintegrated industrial organization, characterizing the concentration of global production into oligopolies and highlighting the social impacts of these processes. Yet, when it comes to drawing conclusions about the implications of productive globalization for development, the existing literature suffers from two critical and intertwined drawbacks: insufficient theoretical reflection and limited dialogue across disciplines. Consequently, discussions that tie together 'development' and 'productive globalization' are increasingly confined to technically-oriented explorations of strategies through which developing countries can enter 'global value chains' and gradually 'upgrade' into more profitable segments. Our panel seeks to foster a richer debate on the interrelationship between productive globalization and development aimed at characterizing the underlying drivers of these processes and the links between their social, political and economic dimensions, in both, concrete and theoretical terms. To this end, we invite scholars from diverse fields to contribute to the discussion with case studies and theoretical reflections. We especially welcome efforts to draw insights from intellectual traditions that have sought to conceptualize the relationship between development and global production in the past, such as dependency theory and global political economy, as well as from fields that could shed new light on the phenomenon in our times, such as geopolitics and geoeconomics.