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National Capitalisms, Global Production NetworksFashioning the Value Chain in the UK, US, and Germany$
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Christel Lane and Jocelyn Probert

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214815.001.0001

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The Clothing Industry in the USA, UK, and Germany

The Clothing Industry in the USA, UK, and Germany

(p.40) 3 The Clothing Industry in the USA, UK, and Germany
National Capitalisms, Global Production Networks

Christel Lane (Contributor Webpage)

Jocelyn Probert (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses (i) how and why a process of striking economic decline has occurred; (ii) the structure of the industry in each country, taking into account ownership, firm size, capabilities and skills, and the stance of the state towards the industry; and (iii) the production and market strategies of constituent firms. It further assesses the impact on the clothing industry of change in upstream industries, notably textiles and textile machinery, before finally drawing brief conclusions on the implications of the findings outlined in this chapter for firms' position in global and national networks. In each case, the chapter draws comparisons between the three countries in light of the different institutional contexts in which the industries operates.

Keywords:   clothing industry, industry structure, product strategy, market strategy, textile industry, institutional context, USA, UK, Germany

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