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Mezzadri, Alessandra (2014) 'Backshoring, local sweatshop regimes and CSR in India.' Competition & Change, 18 (4). pp. 327-344.

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Deploying an approach to chain analysis concerned with regional differentiation and backshoring, this article investigates the regional complexities of the garment commodity chain in India and its multiple local sweatshop regimes to illustrate the limitations of corporate social responsibility (CSR) norms. First, the article shows that India's distinctively regional organization of production and product specialization, arising from different local historical legacies of production, reproduces labour outcomes that prevent the effectiveness of CSR. Second, it shows that the backshoring practices used by a powerful group of Pan-Indian buyer-exporters, who increasingly behave like global buyers, further reproduce the logic of the local sweatshop, hence reinforcing the limitations of corporate approaches to labour standards.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: garment commodity chain, backshoring, Pan-Indian buyer-exporters, local sweatshop regime, corporate social responsibility, India
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 10245294
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Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2014 08:50

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