- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Institutional Perspectives—Working towards Coherence or Irreconcilable Diversity?
- Beyond Comparative Statics: Historical Institutional Approaches to Stability and Change In the Political Economy of Labor
- Actors and Institutions
- Institutional Reproduction and Change
- Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Social Science Data
- The State in the Economy: Neoliberal or Neoactivist?
- Money and Markets
- Transnational Institutions and International Regimes
- Law as a Governing Institution
- Institutional Change in Financial Systems
- The Comparative Institutional Analysis of Innovation: From Industrial Policy to the Knowledge Economy
- Changing Competition Models in Market Economies: The Effects of Inter‐nationalization, Technological Innovations, and Academic Expansion on the Conditions Supporting Dominant Economic Logics
- Institutions, Wealth, and Inequality
- Corporate Governance
- The Institutional Construction of Firms
- Institutionalizing the Employment Relationship
- Inter‐Firm Relations in Global Manufacturing: Disintegrated Production and Its Globalization
- Institutional Transformation in European Post‐Communist Regimes
- State Failure
- Financial Capitalism Resurgent: Comparative Institutionalism and the Challenges of Financialization
- Institutional Competitiveness: How Nations came to Compete
- Epilogue: Institutions in History: Bringing Capitalism Back In
Abstract and Keywords
This article surveys the state of international scholarly debate on inter-firm relations in global manufacturing. It focuses on the evolving strategies of customers and suppliers within the value chains of core manufacturing industries, such as motor vehicles and complex mechanical engineering products. The analysis is divided into three parts. The first part discusses the historical emergence of clustered, flexible, and/or vertically disintegrated production since the 1980s. The second part addresses the globalization of disintegrated production. The third part analyses interactions between production in developed and developing regions, together with the evolution of small- and medium-sized firms strategies in high-wage regions in response to the resulting challenges and opportunities. The concluding section considers the implications of these developments for power and inequality in global supply chains.
Gary Herrigel is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, United States. He received his Ph.D. from the Political Science Department and the Program in Science Technology and Society, MIT. His research interests include comparative business history, comparative industrial analysis, political economy, economic sociology, and economic geography. Herrigel has published Industrial Constructions: The Sources of German Industrial Power (Cambridge, 1996) and co‐edited Americanizaiton and its Limits: Reworking US Technology and Management in Postwar Europe and Japan (Oxford, 2000) with Jonathan Zeitlin, in addition to many scholarly articles dealing with business and industrial governance matters both historical and contemporary.
Jonathan Zeitlin is Professor of Public Policy and Governance in the Deptartment of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.
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