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Title: Negotiating sustainable development : an analysis of the bargains between the state and mining multinational enterprises in the Chilean copper mining Global Production Network
Author: Arias Loyola, M. I.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7223 8173
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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The latest processes of globalisation have brought major changes in the world’s social fabric. Today, places are connected by an intricate web of relations and flows, determining their development possibilities. The natural resource rich countries and regions have been plugged into these global production networks, but despite their natural wealth, they have not successfully reached a sustainable development path. Orthodox economic theories have assuming positive externalities from FDI flows fail to capture this outcome. However, recent developments in the Economic Geography literature provide an analysis of uneven development in the guise of the Global Production Networks approach. This literature acknowledges the decisive role of power in producing a strategic coupling between the host region/country interests and the extractive multinational enterprises, something crucial in the extractive industries. This research focuses on the mining industry, as a way to advancing a better understanding of the relationship between the extractive industry and sustainable development of host regions. For this, it uses the Chilean copper mining as a case study. Hence, this research tries to contribute to the general question of how the mining industry affects uneven regional and national development in the context of the latest globalisation process by: first, incorporating the GPN in analysing the extractives industries; second, unpacking the concept of bargaining power, to explain issues related to value capture; third, providing empirical evidence about the successive bargains taking place between the mining MNEs and Chilean State in different nodes, and their implications for sustainable development; and fourthly, establishing the role of the State in the successive bargains taking place with the mining MNEs in the current Chilean copper mining GPN.
Supervisor: Phelps, N. A. ; Sonn, J. W. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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