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Global Production Networks and the lithium industry: A Bolivian perspective

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This article provides the first detailed analysis within economic geography of the GPN of lithium and of the Bolivian strategy of brine industrialization. Considering extractive and manufacturing chains of the lithium industry, it demonstrates how the production networks’ organizational structures and practices are shaped by interconnected relations of cooperation and competition. Specifically the article targets two key points in the GPN literature: i) how the multi-scalar competitive and/or cooperative strategies and practices of forward and backward integrations create and sustain the production networks and their evolution; ii) a combined analysis of the GPN approach with a placed-based interpretation of the political economy of the lithium industry focusing on the central role of states as inter-scalar mediators in strategic coupling relations for the insertion of national economic actors and assets to global markets. We then propose a new interpretation of the global reconfiguration of the extractive chain and its spatial forms.
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halshs-03320155 , version 1 (14-08-2021)

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Vincent Bos, Marie Forget. Global Production Networks and the lithium industry: A Bolivian perspective. Geoforum, 2021, 125, pp.168-180. ⟨10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.06.001⟩. ⟨halshs-03320155⟩
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