These emerging supply chain governance systems are shown to be multi–layered and politically contested, as transnational governance schemes interact with traditional state governance arrangements in both complementary and conflicting ways. The book s analysis of changes to the relationship between state and non–state actors within transnational governance processes will be of particular interest to scholars and students of globalisation, global governance and regulation.The Politics of Global Supply Chains also suggests some practical ways by which the effectiveness and accountability of supply chain governance could be strengthened, which will interest both scholars and practitioners in fields of global business regulation and corporate social responsibility. Conclusions are relevant to the business and civil society actors who participate directly in non–state governance schemes, and to state regulators whose distinctive governance capacities could play a much greater role than at present in supporting transnational, non–state governance processes.
Introduction: The Politics of Global Supply Chains 1
1 Power and Governance in Garment Supply Chains 18
2 The Emergence of Non–State Governance: Anti–Sweatshop Campaigns 44
3 The Private Sector Response: Codes of Conduct 71
4 Dispersed Power Within Coffee Supply Chains 87
5 The Transformative Challenge: Fair Trade as an Alternative Institutional Model 103
6 Starbucks CAFÉ Practices: The Responsible Corporation Responds 129
7 Interaction Between Initiatives: Diffusing Change Beyond Niche Supply Chains 147
8 Lessons and Synthesis: Power, Responsibility and Governance Beyond the State 165
Conclusion: Ongoing Political Contests in Global Supply Chains 191
Peter Utting, Deputy Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
"Global supply chains play an important role not only in the world economy but also in global politics, and no one interested in them can afford to ignore this landmark study. Kate Macdonald′s ability to combine rigorous and enlightening analyses of global trends with invaluable insights into local processes and experiences, gathered through painstaking fieldwork over several years, is truly impressive."
Mathias Koenig–Archibugi, London School of Economics
"Macdonald brings alive the politics of supply chains, using rich case analysis to identify and question key production and regulation practices in today′s global economy. Thorough research yields helpful insights for theorists and activists alike."
Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick