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Bangladesh's Leather Industry

Local Production Networks in the Global Economy


Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Joseph Strasser
    Pages 1-8
  3. Joseph Strasser
    Pages 9-31
  4. Joseph Strasser
    Pages 33-41
  5. Joseph Strasser
    Pages 43-48
  6. Joseph Strasser
    Pages 261-270
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-286

About this book


This study provides an overview of how the Bangladeshi leather value chain is organised and governed. It analyses how the leather processing and leather goods/footwear subsectors are integrated into the global market and to what extent informal arrangements including illicit practices are conducive to global market entry. Power relations are dissected along the value chain, in order to analyse how local producers adapt to upholding competitiveness. The results of the work show the need to devise upgrading strategies which pay heed to the reality of informal dynamics in a global value chain (GVC) to improve the local producers’ competitiveness. The GVC perspective was combined with considerations on upgrading, subcontracting, middlemen and informality to adequately analyse the complexity of the transactions in the chain. The data of this study are drawn from empirical field studies in Dhaka, Bangladesh and other sections of the international leather value chain during the time period of 2010 to 2014. A qualitative research approach was complemented with quantitative methods.


Bangladesh Economy Global Market Global Value Chain International Leather Value Chain Leather Industry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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