The relationship between the processes of outsourcing of Italian textile and clothing firms and the emergence of industrial districts in Eastern Europe Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Sellar, Christian
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
  • From an economic standpoint, the enlargement of the European Union means much more than commercial and political integration. It also means a merger and re-working of pre-existing production networks and structures that date back to the 1970s and 1980s. This dissertation research focuses on a more recent case of such expansion of networks and structures: the outsourcing of clothing and textile industries from industrial districts in Italy to Eastern Europe. It shows that the Italian economic involvement in Eastern Europe progressed from a ‘light’ form of involvement, such as subcontracting agreements between independent producers, towards ‘deeper’ forms of involvement, such as joint ventures and foreign direct investments. Bringing examples from four case study areas in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, this dissertation argues that the institutional change brought by the enlargement of the European is the key factor to understand the intensification of the Italian economic involvement in the region. Comparing the work of Italian textile and clothing firms in areas that joined the EU in 2004 (Slovakia), 2007 (Romania and Bulgaria) and non candidates for EU membership (Ukraine) this research shows the ways in which institutional change influenced the patterns and strategies of Italian investments in the region.
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  • Pickles, John
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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