Development models and industrial upgrading in China and Mexico

Journal Article (Journal Article)

China and Mexico have both pursued export-oriented development strategies in the global economy, but with different implications for national development and industrial upgrading. While Mexico has been the paradigm for the neoliberal ('Washington consensus') development model associated with foreign direct investment, extensive privatization, and open markets, China has attained record levels of foreign capital inflows and export growth utilizing a more strategic, statist approach to its development. In the past decade, China has surpassed Mexico in their battle for pre-eminence in the US market. One of the keys to Chinas success has been a unique form of industrial organization called supply-chain cities, which has permitted it to achieve both economies of scale and scope in global value chains.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gereffi, G

Published Date

  • February 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 37 - 51

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2672

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0266-7215

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/esr/jcn034

Citation Source

  • Scopus