Labour in global production networks: workers in the qualifying industrial zones (QIZs) of Egypt and Jordan

Shamel Azmeh

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

24 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The role of labour in global production networks (GPNs) requires further theoretical and empirical research. Through the case of the qualifying industrial zones (QIZs) in Egypt and Jordan, I look at how different production and labour control regimes have emerged in the two countries to exploit preferential access to the US market. I analyse how the requirements of US buyers necessitate the building of a flexible, low-cost, geographically mobile production and labour-control regime that can meet the needs of buyers in terms of cost, time to market, fluctuations in demand and shifts in sourcing policy. Migrant labour from Asia and the formation of an associated dormitory labour regime facilitated the establishment of such a regime in Jordan. The social embeddedness of workers in Egypt, by contrast, hindered this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-513
Number of pages19
JournalGlobal Networks
Volume14
Issue number4
Early online date10 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • labou-control regime
  • global production network (GPN)
  • qualifying industrial zone (QIZ)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Labour in global production networks: workers in the qualifying industrial zones (QIZs) of Egypt and Jordan'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this