The New International Division of Labour: Global Transformation and Uneven Development

G. Charnock, G. Starosta

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This book revisits the debate over the new international division of labour (NIDL) that dominated discussions in international political economy and development studies until the early 1990s. It submits that a revised NIDL thesis can shed light on the specificities of capitalist development in various parts of the world today. Taken together, the contributions amount to a novel value-theoretical approach to understanding the NIDL. This rests upon the distinction between the global economic content that determines the constitution and dynamics of the NIDL and the evolving national political forms that mediate its development. More specifically, the authors argue that uneven development is an expression of the underlying essential unity of the production of relative surplus-value on a world scale. They substantiate and illustrate this argument through several international case studies, including Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Ireland, South Korea, Spain and Venezuela.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages245
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-53872-7, 978-1-137-53871-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameInternational Political Economy Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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