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Globalisation,developments and trends in the new international division of labour


  • McCallum, Carol


The purpose of this paper is to analyse the major changes in the patterns of the New International Division of Labour that have occurred during the past two decades. The paper takes as its starting point the seminal study of Frobel (1980) and his colleagues.The paper identifies three categories of changes to the NIDL: the changing spatial patterns of the division of labour over the past two decades, changes to the nature of the production patterns of Transnational Corporations and changes to the location and nature of NIDL labour processes. The paper examines how the concepts of ‘core’ and ‘periphery’ can also be applied within specific global industries. The paper seeks to identify some of the effects of these changing patterns upon the working lives of ‘workers in an integrating world’ (World Bank,1995). The paper finds both that Frobel’s work is deficient in certain respects,and that aspects of the work are still relevant today.

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  • McCallum, Carol, 1999. "Globalisation,developments and trends in the new international division of labour," MPRA Paper 20579, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 1999.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:20579

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    1. Tausch, Arno, 2009. "Ist die Globalisierung fit für das soziale Europa?
      [Is Globalization fit for Social Europe?]
      ," MPRA Paper 14264, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    new international division of labour; globalization; labour processes; transnational corporations; production patterns; global commodity chains; inequalities; Froebel;

    JEL classification:

    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook


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