Regional Analysis and the New International Division of Labor

Applications of a Political Economy Approach

  • Frank Moulaert
  • Patricia Wilson Salinas

Part of the Studies in Applied Regional Science book series (PCBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Regional Political Economy

    1. Patricia Wilson Salinas, Frank Moulaert
      Pages 3-12
  3. Theory, Methods, and Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Jose Luis Coraggio
      Pages 21-31
    3. Ann R. Markusen
      Pages 33-55
  4. Applications to Developing Countries

  5. Applications to Developed Countries

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 165-171

About this book


Throughout the world, a sense of crisis has settled in like a nightmare that refuses to leave. We look towards the horizon with apprehension. Major changes are afoot. Older industrial regions, once rich and powerful, stand by helplessly as factories close down. Poor countries are sliding into bankruptcy, unable even to feed their populations. In a few scattered enclaves, called ex­ port platforms, new manufacturing plants spring up overnight: they employ predominantly young, unmarried women and ship their products to unknown destinations overseas. Small companies are eaten up by bigger ones which, in turn, are absorbed by still larger conglomerates. Some industrial sectors are wiped out altogether. Tensions between states are increasing. More and more countries are coming under military rule. Torture and terrorism are turned into tools of official state policy. Civil wars are fought in Central America, Northern Africa, and Southeast Asia. International conflict flares up be­ tween Britain and Argentina, Iraq and Iran, Ethiopia and Somalia. Economic growth has slowed to a crawl. Inflation undercuts the livelihood of the poor. The small producer is ruined. It appears that we are involved in a major restructuring of the capitalist world. The problems are profits, capital accumulation, and efficiency in pro­ duction. To make the indicators point up, whole regions are sacrificed, new technologies are put in place, and new locational patterns are created as the world is carved up into a new international division oflabor.


developing countries economy migration migration policy political economy restructuring

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Moulaert
    • 1
  • Patricia Wilson Salinas
    • 2
  1. 1.Katholieke UniversiteitLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.University of TexasAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7411-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7409-8
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