Political Economy and Global Social Change

Most of my substantive research lies squarely in the sociological tradition of global political economy in that I focus upon how a given political-economic unit—usually nation states, national industries or cities—is related to the larger political economic system. Nevertheless, I also take seriously the wide degree of skepticism regarding the extent to which global level forces matter for national level outcomes, and address this important consideration both theoretically and empirically.  

My research

Mahutga, Matthew C, Anthony Roberts and Ronald Kwon. 2017. "The Globalization of Production and Income Inequality in Rich Democracies." Forthcoming in Social Forces.

Kwon, Ronald, Matthew C Mahutga and Amanda Admore. 2017. "Promoting Patriarchy or Dual Equality? Multiculturalism and the Immigrant Household Division of Labor." Forthcoming in Sociological Quarterly.

Mahutga, Matthew C. and Andrew K. Jorgenson. 2016 "Production Networks and Varieties of
Institutional Change: The Inequality Upswing in Post-Socialism Revisited." Social Forces 94(4): 1711-

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2016. "Theoretical Holism in the Sociology of Development: Another Look at
Foreign Direct Investment, Private Markets and Earnings Inequality During Post-Socialist
Transition" Sociology of Development 2(1): 1-24

Bair, Jennifer Lynn and Matthew C. Mahutga. “Commodity Chains and Development.” Pp 645-666 in Hooks, Gregory (Ed.), Sociology of Development Handbook. Berkeley: UC Press

Bandelj, Nina, Matthew C. Mahutga and Kristen Shorette. "Signaling Demand for Foreign
Investment: The Rise of Postsocialist Countries in the Global Bilateral Investment Treaties
Network." Europe-Asia Studies 67(6): 870-892.

Curwin, Kevin and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2014. "Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth: New Evidence from Post-Socialist Transition Countries." Social Forces 92(3): 1159-1187.

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2014. "Production Networks and the Organization of the Global Manufacturing Economy." Sociological Perspectives 57(2): 229-255.

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2014. "Global Models of Networked Organization, the Positional Power of Nations and Economic Development." Review of International Political Economy 21(1): 157-194.

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2014 "Global Production Networks and International Inequality: Making a Case for
a Meso-Level Turn in Macro-Comparative Sociology." Journal of World-Systems Research 20(1): 11-37

Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2013 “Structures of Globalization: Evidence from The Evolution of the World-Wide Network of Bilateral Investment Treaties (1959-2009).” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 54(2): 95-123.

Clark, Robert V. and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2013. "Explaining the Trade-Growth Link: Assessing Diffusion-Based and Structure-Based Models of Exchange." Social Science Research 42(2): 401-417.

Bair, Jennifer Lynn and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2012. "Varieties of Offshoring? Spatial Fragmentation and the Organization of Production in 21st Century Capitalism." Pp. 270-297 in Richard Whitely and Glen Morgan (Eds) Capitalisms and Capitalism in the 21st century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2012. "When do Value Chains Go Global? A Theory of the Spatialization of Global Value Chains." Global Networks: 12(1): 1-21.

Mahutga, Matthew C. and David A. Smith. 2011. "Globalization, The Structure of the World Economy and Economic Development." Social Science Research: 40(1): 257-72.

Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga.  2010.  “How Socio-Economic Change Shapes Income Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe.”  Social Forces 88(5):2133-2161. 

Mahutga, Matthew C., Xiulian Ma, David A. Smith and Michael Timberlake. 2010. "Economic Globalization and the Structure of the World-City System: The Case of Airline Passenger Data." Urban Studies 47(9): 1925-1947.

Mahutga, Matthew C. and Nina Bandelj. 2008. "Foreign Investment and Income Inequality: The Natural Experiment of Central and Eastern Europe." International Journal of Comparative Sociology 29(6): 429-454.

Jorgenson, Andrew, Christopher Dick and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2007. “Foreign Investment Dependence and the Environment: An Ecostructural Approach.” Social Problems 54(3): 371-94.

Mahutga, Matthew C. 2006. "The Persistence of Structural Inequality? A Network Analysis of International Trade, 1965-2000." Social Forces 84(4): 1863-89.

Some of my favorites

Alderson, Arthur S.  1999.  "Explaining Deindustrialization: Globalization, Failure or Success?"  American Sociological Review 64(5): 701-21.

Brady, David, Jason Beckfield and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser.  2005.  "Globalization and the Welfare State in Affluent Democracies, 1975-2001."  American Sociological Review 70(6): 921-948.

Chase-Dunn , Christopher, Yukio Kawano and Benjamin D. Brewer.  2000.  Trade Globalization Since 1795: Waves of Integration in the World-System."  American Sociological Review 65(1): 77-95.

Dixon, William and Terry Boswell.  1996.  "Dependency, Disarticulation, and Denominator Effects: Another Look at Foreign Capital Penetration."  American Journal of Sociology 102: 543-562.

Firebaugh, Glenn.  1992.  "Growth Effects of Foreign and Domestic Investment."  American Journal of Sociology 104(6): 105-30.

Heintz, James.  2006.  "Low-wage Manufacturing and Global Commodity Chains: A Model in the Unequal Exchange Tradition."  Cambridge Journal of Economics 30: 507-520.

Kaplinsky, Raphael.  2005.  Globalization, Poverty and Inequality.  Cambridge: Polity Press.

Silver, Beverly.  2003.  Forces of Labor: Workers Movements and Globalization since 1870.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.