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  • 1.
    Alatalo, Juha M.
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Biologiska sektionen, Institutionen för ekologi och genetik, Växtekologi och evolution.
    Ostapenko, Oksana V.
    Uppsala universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Biologiska sektionen, Institutionen för ekologi och genetik, Växtekologi och evolution.
    The Swedish system: The image cracking when taking a closer look2014Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 53, s. 82-83Artikel, forskningsöversikt (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Sweden has a high international profile regarding social issues and projects an image as one of the best countries in the world in terms of social indicators. Here we argue for a revised view as the reality is that Swedish system is very segregated, particularly in terms of (1) relative lack of women in positions of high influence, (2) it is the worst country in the EU28 regarding long-term unemployment for people born outside the country, and (3) it has a education system that after a number of reforms is involved in a "race towards the bottom" to profit from students. At the same time Sweden undervalues foreign academic qualifications and getting work largely depends on "who you know", not "what you know".

  • 2.
    Christophers, Brett
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    Against (the idea of) financial markets2015Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 66, s. 85-93Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The difference between bank-based and market-based financial systems is a longstanding and influential conceptual staple of the interdisciplinary literature on finance. This dualistic model has been subjected to wide-ranging critiques over the past decade. Yet, while those critiques productively problematize the relationship between banks and markets presumed by the model, they fail to address the underlying distinction between banks and markets that is also presumed by the model. This article questions that distinction. It argues that financial markets are best understood not as places or platforms where banks and other financial actors come to interact - and thus as essentially separate from banks - but, instead, as, in large part, their interaction; as constituted by it. The article further argues for the political as well as scholarly importance of reconfiguring our ideas of what financial markets are. The idea of markets as separate, reified phenomena not only underpins the scholarly model of bank- and market-based financial systems - it does political work in the wider world, with the appeal to financial markets or, more nebulously, "the market" to rationalize and justify political decision-making having become a commonplace of contemporary public policy discourse. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 3.
    Christophers, Brett
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF). Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    From Marx to market and back again: Performing the economy2014Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 57, s. 12-20Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article argues for a more constructive dialogue between political-economic and other heterodox economic approaches to capitalist markets. Arguing that political economists' suspicion of "techno-cultural" approaches is overstated, and drawing closely on the work of David Harvey, the article explores the potential for one particular such approach - that which emphasizes the "performativity" of markets to contribute towards one particular variant of political economy: the classical political economy of Marx.

  • 4.
    Christophers, Brett
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Seeing financialization?: Stylized facts and the economy multiple2017Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 85, s. 259-268Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    One of the most prominent stylized facts about contemporary capitalism concerns its "financialization." Like all economic stylized facts, however, facts about financialization are recognized by some commentators and not by others. This article offers one explanation why. It argues that the claims we can make about "the economy" depend upon how we envision that economy in the first place. The economy can be pictured in myriad ways - it is multiple, not singular - and different pictures of it enable the identification of different stylized facts about it. So it is with financialization. The article illustrates this by examining the history of two different traditions of picturing the economy. One - national accounting - increasingly has enabled financialization to be seen; the other - mainstream economics - generally has not.

  • 5.
    Forsberg, Sara
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Setting a global agenda of education: Cooperation and tension within the global education policy field2019Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 100, s. 32-40Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores how the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) mediate normative values of education and influence education policy. Drawing on staff interviews, the paper examines the perceived pivotal function of the OECD and UNESCO as 'global' agenda setting. Taking the notion of a wider global education policy field as the theoretical departure point, the analysis shows that the geographical knowledges of these organisations are significantly shaped by tensions and interdependencies between different agents within the broader field. The polarities within the field reflect the organisations' different geographical scopes and political-economic paths. Moreover, there is a balancing act whereby the OECD and UNESCO are expected to address global issues while also nurturing relations with individual member-states that bring economic and symbolic capital to the organisations. The paper highlights two sets of geographical knowledges present in the organisations' work, namely, time-space knowledges and scalar knowledges. Thus, the global agenda of education is embedded in a complex geography ranging from individual to global level, where orders of dominance between nation-states are reinforced in the formulation and allocation of problems and solutions.

  • 6.
    Freduah, George
    et al.
    Univ Sunshine Coast, Sustainabil Res Ctr, ML28,Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore, Qld 4558, Australia.
    Fidelman, Pedro
    Univ Sunshine Coast, Sustainabil Res Ctr, ML28,Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore, Qld 4558, Australia.
    Smith, Timothy F.
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Fakulteten för utbildningsvetenskaper, SWEDESD - Internationellt center för lärande för hållbar utveckling. Univ Sunshine Coast, Sustainabil Res Ctr, ML28,Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore, Qld 4558, Australia;Brock Univ, Environm Sustainabil Res Ctr, St Catharines, ON, Canada.
    Mobilising adaptive capacity to multiple stressors: Insights from small-scale coastal fisheries in the Western Region of Ghana2018Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 91, s. 61-72Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The processes by which adaptive capacity is mobilised in response to multiple stressors are yet to be fully understood. This study addresses this pressing research gap by drawing on the capitals framework and empirical data from small-scale coastal fisheries in the Western Region of Ghana. It employs an ethnographic approach, based on multiple sources of evidence including documents, interviews and participant observation to examine mechanisms of mobilising adaptive capacity in response to climate and non-climate stressors. Our findings suggest that responding to stressors involves mobilising sets of main-available capitals, such as local innovation, ability to improvise, new technologies, corrupt practices and belief systems (cultural capital); collective action, networks and social ties (social capital); and complaints to the government (political capital). These capitals were the main constituents of adaptive capacity, particularly considering non-responsive government and formal organisations. Further, other forms of capitals, i.e., local leadership, local knowledge, learning capacity, and training (human capital); networks, collective actions, associations and bonding ties (social capital); sand (natural capital); funds from fishing (financial capital), combine in complex ways to mobilise such available capitals. This understanding is critical if synergies among main-available and supporting-available capitals are to support building and mobilizing adaptive capacity. Further, it may help guide important decisions, proactive plans and strategic investment for developing key capitals to enhance adaptive capacity.

  • 7.
    Jansson, David
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    The head vs. the gut: emotions, positionality, and the challenges of fieldwork with a Southern nationalist movement2010Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 41, nr 1, s. 19-22Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This essay explores the inner process of researching a group that is proudly white, conservative, fundamentalist Christian, and Southern. The recent attention to emotions in scholarship has not extended to the subject of fieldwork with right wing movements. I discuss my experience interviewing members of the League of the South and explore the extent to which my positionality shaped the interactions that I had with League members and informed my emotional response to the fieldwork.

  • 8.
    Jansson, Johan
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    The online forum as a digital space of curation2019Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 106, s. 115-124Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focus on the concept of curation that emphasizes intermediary processes sorting and filtering theinformation overload that characterize contemporary digitalized society. The paper has two overall aims. Thefirst aim is theoretical and the ambition is to identify practices and processes distinctive to curation in digitalspaces. From this literature the paper argues that contemporary digital curation is characterized by (a) digitallyproduced and mediated processes, (b) de-professionalization, (c) a combination of productive and consumptivemodes, (d) space as a ‘quality stamp’, and (e) an increasingly underlying and/or everyday practice. The secondaim is empirical and, through a case study of an online forum dedicated to hi-fi and high-end audio equipment,the ambition is to identify curatorial practices and processes taking place at the forum and to understand how theonline forum functions as a curatorial space. More specifically, in the analysis of the empirical material threethemes are highlighted. First, personal consumer experiences are expressed through narrated purchases in whichthe constant pursuit of the ‘perfect audio reproduction system’ is materialized as these narratives involve withthe explanations and motivations behind personal reflections and experiences of purchase decisions. Second, theonline forum has clear power structures. Third, the online forum deals with geographical dimensions in severalways, e.g. by functioning as a space for legitimization where the lack of distance and the use of (partially)anonymous profiles generate both advantageous and disadvantageous dimensions.

  • 9.
    Joosse, Sofie
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Hracs, Brian
    University of Southampton.
    Curating the quest for 'good food': The practices, spatial dynamics and influence of food-related curation in Sweden2015Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 64, s. 205-216Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    What is ‘good food’? Is it fair trade, local, organic or ethically produced? With an ever-expanding array of products and ‘qualities’ to consider, consumers in the global North may find it increasingly difficult and time-consuming to make the ‘right’ choices. As a result, a range of intermediaries, including food apps and collective buying groups, are emerging to support people in their food choices. While intermediation refers to all activities linking producers and consumers, this paper narrows the focus and considers one important, yet poorly understood, intermediary function within the food marketplace: ‘curation.’ Although the concept of curation has long been associated with museums and art worlds, curatorial practices are evolving in the contemporary marketplace and are performed by a growing range of actors operating in physical, temporary and virtual spaces. Rather than acting as brokers or gatekeepers, curators interpret, translate and shape the marketplace by sorting, organizing, evaluating and ascribing value(s) to specific products. They also offer general and personalized recommendations to consumers. Drawing on interviews and participant observation, this paper aims to contribute to the existing literature on curation by examining curatorial practices, the motivations behind them and the values they create for consumers. As geographers we are particularly interested in how specific spatial dynamics shape curation and its outcomes. The findings suggest a need to nuance and extend existing conceptualizations of curation and to consider a wider and more dynamic range of actors (food apps), spaces (blogs) and values such as inspiration, convenience and sense of community.

  • 10.
    Jönsson, Erik
    Department of Human Geography, Lund University.
    Contested expectations: Trump International Golf Links Scotland, polarised visions, and the making of the Menie Estate landscape as resource2014Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 52, s. 226-235Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In initiating the development of a large-scale golf resort in Aberdeenshire, Trump International Golf Links Scotland made a relatively unknown site central to Scottish planning debates. A stretch of land along the North Sea coast north of Aberdeen became linked to new possible futures.

    Part of the site developed consisted of moving sand dunes given environmental protection as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and from the onset a heated debate has concerned the transformability of these dunes. The land was simultaneously seen as perfect for a golf resort of a scale previously unseen in the UK and as sensitive land threatened by the development. Proponents asserted that future economic benefits would outweigh any environmental impact. Opponents in turn contested such expectations through asserting other variables to be counted, or questioning the possibility to control the dunes altogether. Hence, the resort’s eventual relation to sand dunes, migrating pink-footed geese and fog along the coast became political arguments.

    In this article I utilise this case to illustrate how the ways futures are expressed produces both political subjects and objects in the present. I argue that a process where social struggle is conducted as the production of future scenarios posits important opportunities for public engagement while also leading to new problems. This I shed light on by bringing together Callon’s notion of performative theories with the literature on post-politics, offering a critique of expert-led environmental governance.

  • 11.
    Maandi, Peeter
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    The silent articulation of private land rights in Soviet Estonia: a geographical perspective2009Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 40, nr 3, s. 454-464Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    With an explicit focus on the spatial articulation of landownership, this paper explores various ways in which pre-Soviet land rights were expressed in rural Estonia during the Soviet period (1940–1941, 1944–1991). Drawing on cartographical analyses and interviews made in the rural district of Muhu, the paper demonstrates that people who owned land before the Soviet occupation kept track of the officially annulled pre-Soviet land rights, by relating to inertial landscape elements as memory-aids. To local inhabitants the landscape, in which past and present structures always merge, provided substantial evidence in support of the idea of legal continuity of pre-Soviet land rights. Hence, the post-Soviet land restitution reform often implied a re-discovery or re-expression of property rights that had been silenced, but not lost.

  • 12.
    Niedomysl, Thomas
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    Promoting rural municipalities to attract new residents: an evaluation of the effects2007Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 38, nr 4, s. 698-709Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract: Throughout the 1990s, most rural municipalities in Sweden experienced population declines and were forced to face the constraints of an ageing population. To counter this development a significant share turned to place marketing campaigns and promotion in the hope of attracting new residents. This paper examines the campaign efforts of the Swedish rural municipalities and addresses the question of whether they have been successful. The main methodological approach used in the paper is the employment of a pooled regression analysis (i.e. a combination of time series and cross-sectional data) to study the effects of marketing campaigns on migration flows to rural municipalities while simultaneously controlling for other potentially influential factors. Moreover, a case study is carried out in one municipality by way of interviews and detailed descriptive analysis of migration data. The results suggest no general evidence for a positive effect of marketing campaigns on in-migration, but in a few cases a positive impact cannot be ruled out conclusively.

  • 13.
    Nobuoka, Jakob
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Media Mix and Consumer Created Competitiveness in Japanese Cultural Industries.Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    For several decades firms and products, which originate in Japan, have taken a centralposition within the toys and games industry. Many studies relate to the cultural andpolitical causes and effects of this shift, yet few studies examine the industry behind thesuccesses. This article studies Japanese popular culture phenomena, by discussing mediamix as an important competitive advantage. To further provide insight to the topic, bothan overview of the industrial landscape and detailed examinations of the well knownproducts of Pokémon and Hello Kitty, will be provided. The author suggests that aninnovation system in cultural industries partly depends on bottom-up processes, and thateffective product diversification is not entirely a matter of coordination by license holdersor firms. Instead, consumers take an active part in constructing new products, narrativesand practices.

  • 14.
    Power, Dominic
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Jansson, Johan
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    The emergence of a post-industrial music economy?: Music and ICT synergies in Stockholm, Sweden.2004Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 35, nr 4, s. 425-439Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Research into the music industry has for a long time been almost exclusively dominated by a focus on the production of albums and songs. In recent years, however, cities such as Stockholm have seen the growth of a profitable and varied music services industry producing everything from remixes to music marketing strategies. Standing at the forefront of this growth industry are a large number of firms attempting to combine in innovative ways music and ICT. This can take a variety of forms, for instance: selling and distributing music over the internet; web design and computerised advertising services tailored to music products; software design focused on multimedia products and virtual instruments; high-tech post-production and mixing services; and virtual centres and communities of music industry actors. The article will examine these activities within the city in attempt to measure the direction and cohesiveness of the emerging sector. The article concludes by arguing that these type of new industrial synergies tell us much about the way industrial innovations are formed in an inter-industry and inter-cluster environment, and the future competitiveness and shape of the music industry. In particular, the article argues that evidence from Stockholm points to the emergence of a post-industrial musical economy.

  • 15.
    Rusca, Maria
    et al.
    King’s College London, Department of Geography, The Strand, London, United Kingdom.
    Boakye-Ansah, A. S.
    Loftus, A.
    Ferrero, G.
    van der Zaag, P.
    An interdisciplinary political ecology of drinking water quality. Exploring socio-ecological inequalities in Lilongwe’s water supply network2017Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 84, s. 138-146Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
  • 16.
    Thelin, Mikael
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Niedomysl, Thomas
    Lunds universitet.
    The (ir)relevance of geography for school choice: Evidence from a Swedish choice experiment2015Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 67, s. 110-120Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The increased opportunity to choose one’s school of preference has been raised as a key factor in many countries to promote equal opportunities and a higher quality of education. This has been endorsed by policymakers who assume that students make well-informed rational choices and that students stress only academic quality when deciding which school to attend. If this is true, it will benefit schools of high academic quality, rendering improved school quality overall. To date, little research has examined the validity of these assumptions despite the profound effects they have had for changing the school systems in many countries. This article describes an experiment to investigate the relative importance of factors in school choice. The aim is to test the validity of the theoretical assumptions that guided the school choice reforms in Sweden. Specifically, we draw on experimental data from prospective upper secondary school students in Sweden to contrast the principal school quality attributes behind the policy change (knowledge reputation and program feasibility), with the presence of friends and geographical attributes such as distance, location and accessibility, while controlling for individual characteristics. The results have important policy implications as they show that geographical factors are highly relevant for school choice preferences. In contrast to the reforms’ intentions, geography appears to have become more important than ever before. The findings thus reveal significant flaws in the assumptions that motivated the school choice policy reform.

  • 17.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Neoliberal reforms in elder care in Norway: Roles of the state, Norwegian employers, and Polish nurses2010Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 41, nr 6, s. 930-939Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    After a worldwide financial crisis in the early 1980s, many states decided to implement new public management strategies. These strategies consist of private sector management practices that aim to reduce the cost of public services. The US and the UK first adopted the new public management model and other states soon followed. The Norwegian state was initially reluctant to adopt private management practices, but it eventually implemented modified reforms that suited the Norwegian socio-political context. This article investigates the ways in which the Norwegian state and Norwegian employers shape the labor force in Norwegian nursing homes through new public management strategies, and the tools that foreign-born nurses use to challenge these structures. The Norwegian state shapes the labor force through labor market policies and the rescaling of public services to local governments, and Norwegian employers reinforce the neoliberal values of the state in their hiring practices and daily operations in the workplace. In particular, this article analyzes the interweaving neoliberal institutional and personal factors that influence the working experiences of Polish nurses in a semi-private nursing home in Oslo. The city of Oslo created a unique public-private partnership with a city-owned company that manages three nursing homes in Oslo. The findings of this study indicate that Polish nurses in one of these nursing homes were negatively affected by the new public management strategies. They improved some of their working conditions over time but structural barriers still persist despite high demand for their skills. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 18.
    Yrigoy, Ismael
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Transforming non-performing loans into re-performing loans: Hotel assets as a post-crisis rentier frontier in Spain2018Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 97, s. 169-176Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    A growing body of literature is studying how real estate markets are recovering in the post-crisis context. Within this literature, it is often assumed that the extraction of derivative rents from real estate assets has increased since 2008. This article argues that the role of derivative rents in the broader post-crisis dynamics of land rent extraction needs to be more carefully scrutinized. Using as a case study the Spanish hotel-backed non-performing loan market, this article argues that such an increased prominence of derivative rents may not always occur in post-crisis real estate markets.

    As the paper unveils the different strategies that have allowed a transformation in the performance of loans, the shifts in how rents are extracted from hotel assets and who is extracting rents from hotels are scrutinized. The main findings of the paper are the following. First, as the crisis unfolded, derivative rents lost prominence vis-à-vis other forms of land rents, even if derivative rents still play a key role in the circulation of capital from and to the built environment. Second, there has been since 2008 a shift in the typologies of landowners and rentiers: from national actors such as hotel corporations or banks, there has been a transition towards global actors such as REITs or private equity funds. Third, monetary policies are boosting a shift in the ownership and mechanisms of rent extraction from hotel assets.

  • 19.
    Yrigoy, Ismael
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Canada, Ernest
    Barcelona Univ CETT UB, School Tourism Hospitality & Gastron, Alba Sud, Barcelona, Spain.
    Fixing creditor-debtors' tensions through labor devaluation. Insights from the Spanish hotel market2019Ingår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 98, s. 180-188Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article aims to analyze how labor devaluation alleviates the post-crisis creditor-debtor tensions in Spanish hotels. It is argued that the disciplinary measures imposed by financial creditors to corporate debtors are increasingly being displaced towards labor. More broadly, the article makes the point that labor devaluation at the corporate level is not only pursued in order to increase corporate profits, but it mainly aims to improve the creditor-debtor relations. The arguments are exemplified by the case study one of largest Spanish hotel corporations, NH Hotels. The article finds that the eruption of the economic crisis in 2008 and the following lack of liquidity forced creditors (banks) to discipline hotel corporations such as NH Hotels. The paper finds that labor devaluation helped to enhance the economic performance of NH Hotels in three main ways. First, labor devaluation implied an 'improvement' of the corporation's image towards potential investors; second, it helped to improve the corporation's economic performance ratios, and thirdly, it smooths the process of revaluing hotel assets. The article concludes that labor devaluation strategies have been fruitful to indebted corporations, as the creditor-debtor relations have improved with labor devaluation.

  • 20.
    Yrigoy, Ismael
    et al.
    Uppsala Universitet.
    Ernest, Cañada
    Fixing creditor-debtors’ tensions through labor devaluation. Insights from the Spanish hotel marketIngår i: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
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