Networks of value, commodities and regions: Reworking divisions of labour in macro-regional economies

  title={Networks of value, commodities and regions: Reworking divisions of labour in macro-regional economies},
  author={Adrian Smith and Al Rainnie and Michael Dunford and Jane Hardy and Ray Hudson and David Sadler},
  journal={Progress in Human Geography},
  pages={41 - 63}
The aim of this paper is to explore a theoretical framework that can assist in under-standing the extent to which the increased integration of macro-regional economies (such as the European and North American) and the global economy is leading to divergence and/or convergence in the pattern of economic activity and the distribution of value-added and wealth. In particular, the paper focuses on the extent to which changing divisions of labour, the production, appropriation and allocation of… 

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