Global value chains, the state and the political economy of development [paper]

Rory Horner (University of Manchester)
Khalid Nadvi (University of Manchester)
Pritish Behuria (University of Manchester)
Transnational political economies of development
Pentz, Room 101
Thursday 20 June, 9:00-10:30
Thursday 20 June, 14:15-15:45
Thursday 20 June, 16:15-17:45

Short abstract:

Flows of goods and services in the global economy are increasingly structured through global value chains. These sessions focus on the role of the state in shaping engagements with global value chains and the associated development outcomes.

Long abstract:

Cross-border flows of goods and services are increasingly organised through global value chains (GVCs) and global production networks (GPNs). Consequently, economic, social (e.g. for labour) and/or environmental development outcomes have been analysed through forms of participation within GVCs/GPNs and the prospects for greater value capture within such chains/networks. Yet, relatively little attention has been devoted to the role and influence of national state policies in shaping GVCs/GPNs and their developmental outcomes. At the same time, more state-centric approaches, such as political settlements analysis, have generated insights into the political economy of development, including around globally-traded goods. However, such approaches often lack a transnational dimension. This panel invites papers focused on a long-standing issue in the political economy of development - the bridge between multi-scalar analytical approaches, in this case global VC/PN frameworks and national state-centric approaches. With a potential retreat from a more open international economic environment, and the partial return of the state, this nexus is more pertinent than ever. Abstract submissions are invited on topics including, but not limited to: • How do different forms of state-business relations and political settlements shape engagement with value chains? • What forms of industrial/productive sector policy are possible in an era of GVCs? • When and how can states regulate engagements with GVCs? • How do state-owned enterprises shape value chains? • How does the role of the state as a buyer, through public procurement, shape value chains? • How does positioning within value chains in turn shape state policy scope and choice?