Local clusters in global chains: The causes and consequences of export dynamism in Torreon’s Blue Jeans industry


Journal Article

Using a case study of the export-oriented blue jeans industry in Torreon, Mexico, the authors discuss the role of US buyers in promoting full-package apparel production. While the networks associated with this model yield better development outcomes for firms and workers than those typical of the maquila industry, the Torreon cluster is not adequately described as a “high road” industrial district. The global commodity chains framework is used to assess the developmental implications of the apparel industry’s growth in Torreon. By emphasizing the relationship between producers and foreign buyers, this approach provides a useful way to bridge the global-local divide in the literature on industrial clusters in developing countries. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bair, J; Gereffi, G

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1885 - 1903

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0305-750X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0305-750X(01)00075-4

Citation Source

  • Scopus