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Title: Global production networks and small and medium enterprises (SMES) : a public policy perspective on the Chilean agrofood sector
Author: Castaneda, Francisco
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 3698
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis addresses the conditions of SMEs and working conditions in the Chilean agrofood sector. Especially in an economy with a high degree of trade openness as Chilean economy. The current state of debate is that is more controversial the apparent success of Chilean agrofood sector due to the existence of these fault lines. The upgrading theories are mainly narrow minded and do not consider the weakest part of the production chains. It is required accordingly, a broader look to these problems such that embodies these problems. It is a research based mainly in an approach of political economy. Within this context, this thesis explores the role of SMEs within the Chilean economy and, in particular, their participation within the Chilean economy's insertion into global agrofood production networks, with the aim of giving new insights into the debates over the role of industrial policy in developing countries (an economy based on natural resources). This research will contribute to developing recommendations for the use of public policy tools (rejuvenated industrial policy) in an effective way in relation to the development of SMEs in the agrofood sector. Also there is an urgent need for industrial policy to consider working conditions, training and the acquisition of skills in a much more explicit way, particularly in an economy that is heavily based on the exploitation of natural resources as in the Chilean case.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Industrial policy ; Upgrading ; Agrofood ; Development