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National Capitalisms, Global Production NetworksFashioning the Value Chain in the UK, US, and Germany$
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Christel Lane and Jocelyn Probert

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214815.001.0001

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Theoretical Frameworks: The Varieties of Capitalism Approach and the Global Value Chains/Global Production Networks Framework

Theoretical Frameworks: The Varieties of Capitalism Approach and the Global Value Chains/Global Production Networks Framework

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(p.12) 2 Theoretical Frameworks: The Varieties of Capitalism Approach and the Global Value Chains/Global Production Networks Framework
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National Capitalisms, Global Production Networks
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Christel Lane (Contributor Webpage)

Jocelyn Probert (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214815.003.0002

This chapter analyses the way national capitalisms interact with Global Value Chains (GVCs) / Global Production Networks (GPNs). It surveys the literature in each area and identifies both the weaknesses of each approach and their complementary strengths. The national institutional frameworks which shape the activities of UK, US, and German clothing firms are outlined. The chapter additionally undertakes an analysis of the state as an actor in both the national and international arena, focusing on the concept of ‘competition state’. It concludes with a section which links the discussion of firm capabilities and strategy to the process of value chain fragmentation, as well as outlining a typology of firms in this industry.

Keywords:   varieties of capitalism, comparative capitalisms, global production networks, state as actor, competition state, USA, UK, Germany

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