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A Strategic-Relational Approach to Analyzing Industrial Policy Regimes within Global Production Networks: the Ethiopian Leather and Leather Products Sector

Jan Grumiller

Wien, Oktober 2019

This paper contributes to debates regarding the lack of theorization of the state and the over-emphasis on lead firms in studies of global value chains (GVCs) and global production networks (GPNs). This paper combines the GVC/GPN frameworks with a strategic-relational approach (SRA), a SRA conceptualization of the developmental state, and literature about the embeddedness of firms. Empirically, the paper analyzes the conflictual relationship between firms and the state’s strategies that structure and re-structure the development, industrial policy regime, and GVC/GPN integration of the Ethiopian leather and leather products industry.

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