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The governance of global value chains, the state, and small businesses: The case of timber in Myanmar


  • John Rand
  • Paula Castro Rodriguez
  • Finn Tarp
  • Neda Trifković


We use the case of the timber industry in Myanmar to analyse how national regulatory frameworks and international ecological discourses affect forest management and small businesses. The state plays two roles in the timber industry in Myanmar: it is the main producer and legal source of raw timber for the private sector; and it regulates timber extraction and the legality of operation of private sector firms. The state seeks a balance between forest conservation as a public policy objective and providing enough raw timber for the private sector.

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  • John Rand & Paula Castro Rodriguez & Finn Tarp & Neda Trifković, 2019. "The governance of global value chains, the state, and small businesses: The case of timber in Myanmar," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2019-78, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  • Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp-2019-78

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