Economic and social upgrading in global production networks: A new paradigm for a changing world
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A key challenge in promoting decent work worldwide is how to improve the position of both firms and workers in value chains and global production networks driven by lead firms. This article develops a framework for analysing the linkages between the economic upgrading of firms and the social upgrading of workers. Drawing on studies which indicate that firm upgrading does not necessarily lead to improvements for workers, with a particular focus on the Moroccan garment industry, it outlines different trajectories and scenarios to provide a better understanding of the relationship between economic and social upgrading. The authors 2011 Journal compilation © International Labour Organization 2011.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/j.1564-913X.2011.00119.x
Publication InfoBarrientos, S; Gereffi, Gary; & Rossi, A (2011). Economic and social upgrading in global production networks: A new paradigm for a changing world. International Labour Review, 150(3-4). pp. 319-340. 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2011.00119.x. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/10698.
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Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Gary Gereffi's major ongoing research projects are: (1) a book (co-authored with Frederick Mayer) on the uptake of the global value chain paradigm by major international organizations in the economic and social development arena; (2) a forthcoming co-edited volume with Valentina De Marchi and Eleonora Di Maria on Local Clusters in Global Value Chains: Linking Actors and Territories Through Manufacturing and Innovation (Routledge, 2017); (3) work with the World Bank and the Inter-Ame