Raphael Kaplinsky

Open University

Raphael Kaplinsky is an Honorary Professor at the Science Policy Research Unit. He is also an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Development Studies and at the Open University. His primary research interests are in Globalization, Global Value Chains, Inclusive Growth and Innovation, the Terms of Trade and the Impact of the Rising Powers (particularly China) on Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past four decades he has worked with policy makers, the private sector, trades unions and civil society groups. Since his formal retirement at the end of 2014, he has begun working on the green economy and urban regeneration in Newhaven and Lewes (towns close to Sussex University), and in Greece.

Raphael Kaplinsky and Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Innovation and uneven development: The challenge for low- and middle-income economies

This essay begins with a recounting of the rise of the Mass Production techno-economic paradigm and the emergence of the systemic economic crisis in the early 1970s. It then explains how this crisis was stemmed by the deepening of globalisation, which accelerated during the 1980s. However, shortly b...

Raphael Kaplinsky, Mike Morris

Trade and Industrialisation in Africa: SMEs, Manufacturing and Cluster Dynamics

Trade in manufacturing through global and regional value chains has played an especially prominent role in global economic growth in recent decades. However, Africa faces severe challenges in growing manufacturing activities in the face of China and Southeast Asia’s competitive dominance of global...

Dennis Davis, Raphael Kaplinsky, Mike Morris

Rents, Power and Governance in Global Value Chains

This paper addresses the  generation  of  rents  and  the  distribution  of  gains  in  the  global  operations  of  governed Global  Value  Chains  (GVCs)  and  seeks  to  provide  an  architecture  for  analyzing  the  governance  of  GVCs.  It distinguishes between f...

Raphael Kaplinsky, Mike Morris

Standards, regulation and sustainable development in a global value chain driven world

Regulations and standards have become an increasingly important factor affecting the capacity of producers to participate in global markets. Directly and indirectly, they not only determine the terms of market-entry but also affect the extent to which different producers are able to position themsel...

Mike Morris, Raphael Kaplinsky, David Kaplan

“One thing leads to another”—Commodities, linkages and industrial development

With a particular focus on low income economies in SSA, this paper addresses the nature and determinants of linkages from the commodities sectors and challenges the received view that enclave development is an inherent characteristic of resource extraction, particularly in the hard and energy commod...

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