Productive Integration in South America and Its Insertion into GVCs: The Automotive Industry

  • Uallace Moreira Lima
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Following new strategies of production internationalization several companies are moving from nationally limited entities to a fragmented business network globally spread, leading companies to engage into the production of certain goods or services since its conception to its final consumption. That strategy is known as GVCs and the global automotive industry is going through this transitioning process, from national industries based on a limited number of countries to a fully integrated global industry, evidencing that the dominant trend in the sector is regional integration, a pattern that has been intensified since the 80s both for political and technical reasons. The objective of this article is to analyze the functioning of the automotive industry GVC, its dynamics, and trends in the world economy and the MERCOSUR, identifying productive integration weaknesses in the sector among partner countries and the impact upon the way these countries are inserted into the GVCs.


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  • Uallace Moreira Lima
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  1. 1.Faculdade de EconomiaUniversidade Federal de Bahia (UFBA)SalvadorBrazil

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