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Trading Down: Africa, Value Chains, and the Global Economy

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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Analyses the effects of key changes in the global economy on African countries, farms and firms.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

1. The Age of Global Capitalism; 2. The New International Trade Regime; 3. Global Value Chain Analysis; 4. The Ride of Buyer-driven Value Chains in Africa; 5. Entry Barriers, Marginalisation and Upgrading; 6. Standards, Quality Conventions and the Governance of Global Value Chains; 7. TradingDown?

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"The book is immensely rich in empirical material and avoids sweeping judgments in favor of more complex and cautious analysis. The book's early chapters provide an excellent overview of African IPE... it is a book of great value to anyone interested in the nature of contemporary global capitalism and especially interested in the ways in which it affects those societies most historically disadvantaged by it." Political Studies Review "This book offers an alternative and truly insightful view, focusing on the dilemmas faced by African producers and policymakers. . The conclusions drawn by the authors are sobering." The European Journal of Developmental Research "Gibbon and Ponte have produced an impressive and important work of considerably concentrated and intense intelligent reflection." The Journal of Agrarian Culture "This is an exceptionally important piece of work... It simultaneously achieves a number of important objectives. The first is to situate Africa - typically seen in terms of marginalization - centrally on the landscape of specific post-adjustment forms of globalization and its impact. Second, it performs an important empirical service by providing an account of the new high value sectors (which extends beyond Africa of course). Third, it links convention theory with global value chains (as part of a project that rethinks the political economy of contemporary forms of capitalism). And all of this through a careful analysis of forms of governance and regulation and the ways in which quality, value and so on are now central to the new" economy." Michael Watts " ... the author's presentation of the literature of convention theory and its usefulness in conjunction with global value chain analysis for understanding issues of governance, marginalization, and exclusion within African trade is lucid and convincing... [an] important and engaging survey of African commodity trade issues."--Environment and Planning A, 2007 issue 39/1 "A very interesting analysis of African countries' comparative advantages in today's trading environment...Gibbon and Ponte offer a valuable contribution to the discussion of how to improve African countries position in global value chains." The African Development Perspectives Yearbook "Trading Down is a revolutionary text about agriculture in Africa...The authors recount in great detail how the world's economy and trade regimes have been altered through the operation of Global Value Chains and how Northern demands have evolved." African Studies Review "This is a very appealing and useful book. It opens up a new agenda within value chain analysis, one that calls for further refinement and extension. I was enthused and inspired by the book...This is a landmark text in value chain analysis; the first major text to link value chain analysis and convention theory to international trade policy setting, on which more could be done in the future." Modern African Studies "The book provides an incisive analysis of the changing structure of international markets for African commodities. Theoretically and empirically rigorous...It would be a mistake to classify this book as solely of interest to academics and African trade specialists. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with African economic development, especially African exporters and government policy makers, because it so clearly sets out what they are up against." Development and Change "A very interesting analysis of African countries' comparative advantages in today's trading environment...Gibbon and Ponte offer a valuable contribution to the discussion of how to improve African countries position in global value chains." African Development Perspectives Yearbook
EAN: 9781592133680
ISBN: 1592133681
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: TEMPLE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2005
Seitenanzahl: 272 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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