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date: 03 August 2020

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This chapter argues that structural changes in the global economy resulting from the increasing importance of global production networks (GPNs) raise complex questions about the limits of national authority and the ability to exert control over economic actors based on territorial sovereignty. In a networked mode of organization of the world economy, the nodes exist simultaneously as local and global geographies and each node’s value is dependent on its integration into the global network. As a result, the ability of any given state to exert control over a given node or the network as a whole is limited. That conflicts directly with increased demands by nationalists for local control and the domestication of production. The chapter concludes that unraveling production networks is not economically practical and that conflict with nationalists will continue into the future.

Keywords: global production networks, relational networks, economic nationalism, economic development, political authority, economic sovereignty, political authority, territorial sovereignty, dependence, global economy

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