Globalisation in reverse? Reconfiguring the geographies of value chains and production networks

Huiwen Gong, Robert Hassink, Christopher Foster, Martin Hess, Harry Garretsen

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Standing at a crossroads, where ongoing ‘slowbalisation’ coincides with new forces such as the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, heightened geopolitical tensions, the emergence of disruptive technologies and the increasing urgency of addressing environmental challenges, many important questions remain unsolved regarding the nature and impact of the current economic globalisation. This special issue on ‘Globalisation in Reverse? Reconfiguring the Geographies of Value Chains and Production Networks’ aims at showcasing recent work that seeks to contribute to, and advance, the debates on economic globalisation and the reconfiguration
of global value chains and production networks. This introductory article has three
objectives: first, based on a broad literature review, we aim to identify four key forces, as well as the fundamental relatively stable capitalist logics contributing to the complex reconfiguration of global economic activities. Second, we will position the papers included in this special issue against the four main forces identified and discuss the contributions of each article to capture some emerging cross-paper patterns among them. Finally, we outline the contours of a research agenda that suggests promising avenues for further investigation of the phenomenon
of value chain and production network reconfigurations in times of uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-181
Number of pages17
JournalCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022

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  • Global Development Institute


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