This introduction to the Special Issue creates a theoretical framework to explain how Global Wealth Chains are created, maintained, and governed. We draw upon different strands of literature, including scholarship in international political economy and economic geography on Global Value Chains, literature on finance and law in institutional economics, and work from economic sociology on network dynamics within markets. This scholarship assists us in highlighting three variables in how Global Wealth Chains are articulated and change according to: (1) the complexity of transactions, (2) regulatory liability and (3) innovation capacities among suppliers of products used in wealth chains. We then differentiate five types of global value chain governance - market, modular, relational, captive, an d hierarchy – which range from simple ‘off shelf’ products shielded from regulators by advantageous international tax laws to highly complex and flexible innovative financial products produced by large financial institutions and corporations. This article highlights how Global Wealth Cha ins intersect with value chains and real economies, and provides three brief case studies on offshore shell companies, family property trusts, and global-scale corporate tax avoidance.
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||FLACSO-ISA Joint International Conference, Buenos Aires: Global and Regional Powers in a Changing World - University of Buenos Aires, School of Economics, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Duration: 23 Jul 2014 → 25 Jul 2014
|Conference||FLACSO-ISA Joint International Conference, Buenos Aires|
|Location||University of Buenos Aires, School of Economics|
|Period||23/07/2014 → 25/07/2014|