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Capturing value amidst constant global restructuring? Information technology enabled services in India, the Philippines and Kenya

Mann, Laura and Kleibert, Jana Maria (2020) Capturing value amidst constant global restructuring? Information technology enabled services in India, the Philippines and Kenya. European Journal of Development Research. ISSN 0957-8811

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Identification Number: 10.1057/s41287-020-00256-1

Abstract

Information-technology-enabled services (ITES) has become a sector of promise for many low- and middle-income economies seeking to leapfrog industrialization and build knowledge-intensive economies. Yet as a sector defined by accelerating processes of commodification and skill elimination, its long-term developmental promise must be carefully scrutinised. Analysing the development of the sector in India, the Philippines and Kenya the paper reveals both the contextual nature of past successful ITES policies and their developmental vulnerabilities. Drawing on literature on industrial policies and global value chains and production networks, the paper critiques the existing policy approaches by arguing that they are largely focussed on enabling value and employment creation and that they pay insufficient attention to questions of value capture and long-term socio-economic transformation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/journal/41287
Additional Information: © 2020 European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2020 23:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103356

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