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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Production

Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series

Edited by Kees van der Pijl

This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art overview of the changing world of global production. Chapters cover the geography of why and where jobs are moving in both manufacturing and services. The authors discuss topics relating to the human and natural basis on which production rests, from the consequences of exploitation and marginalization on body and mind, to sex work, biotechnology, and the prospects for ecological re-balancing. This Handbook will appeal to academics at all levels interested in political economy, international studies and politics, as well as trade unionists and NGO activists.

Chapter 10: Beyond the ‘BRICS’: new patterns of development cooperation in the Trans-Eurasian corridor

Yury Gromyko

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, politics and public policy, political economy, social policy and sociology, labour policy

Extract

In this chapter we analyse the initiative of Russia with Kazakhstan, Belarus and also Ukraine, to design and develop an integrated system of production in the Trans-Eurasian belt, or corridor. This futuristic project, under its Russian label of razvitie (‘development’), projects a new type of platform for investment and economic development with a potentially planetary impact. Its primary aim is to create a new wealth-generating pole on Russian territory (to begin with, West and East Siberia and the Russian Far East), based on cooperation with Western European countries and on mutually profitable trade with China, India, Iran and other countries. At the core of this project is the challenge to create a science-intensive, industrial development pole embedded in next-generation infrastructure. It will provide a qualitatively new connection between production and transport, on which will rely, on the one hand, the provision of new resources (energy, information, materials, technology), and on the other, the process of new settlements and actual cities. The specific mission of Russia consists in conceiving and taking the first steps in the design and organization of this project.

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