Cluster Complexes: Auto Production
The auto industry is often seemingly perceived by many governments as something of a growth engine and significant politically. Presumably, this is due to its linkages to many other industries including petroleum, metals, and electronics, because of its large scale employment and because of its connection to national consumer culture (see, e.g. Paterson 2000). As such, there is a huge literature on the international industrial structure and the technological systems of transport related industries for many countries. Global auto production has been analysed from many different angles and often by authors with an intimate knowledge of the activities in individual countries or companies. A key theme of this literature has been the continuing international re-organisation (see Dicken 2003a, b) of the industry and technology.