Christian Sellar

Christian Sellar
University of Mississippi | UM · Department of Public Policy Leadership

PhD, Geography

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Introduction
My current research focuses on questioning established boundaries between political and economic geography. I focus particularly on a group of public and private actors that act as intermediaries between state institutions, who are under pressure to adapt to globalization, and firms, whose value chains are increasingly global.
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August 2008 - present
University of Mississippi
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  • Professor (Associate)
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  • http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/leadership/

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Publications (31)
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The support that networks offer during the internationalization process is well documented in the international business literature. However, this work has primarily focused on firm-level networks while underappreciating the cooperative behaviors that may emerge among organizations in the pursuit of common network-level goals. To better understand...
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Using the geographical patterns of Italian banks' international network as a case study, this paper studies the relationship between governmental economic strategies, the international strategies of banks, and firms' internationalization. In so doing, the paper asks the following question: 1) What are the main strategic choices driving Italian comm...
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Investigations of cluster-networks have studied the structure of spatial networks generated by firms’ value chains, between clusters, between city regions, and across different sectors. These discussions focus on the types of linkages and relationships that develop between cluster and the effects these linkages have on cluster performance and compe...
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This edited collection explores the boundaries between political and financial geographies, focusing on the linkages between the changing strategies, policies and institutions of the state. It also investigates banks and other financial institutions affected by both state policies and a globalizing financial system, and the financial resources avai...
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This book explores the boundaries between political and financial geographies, focusing on the linkages between the changing strategies, policies and institutions of the state. It also investigates banks and other financial institutions affected by both state policies and a globalizing financial system, and the financial resources available to firm...
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This paper uses Bourdieu’s notion of field to discuss the historical process of transnationalization in national and local-level bureaucracies, due to the promotion of firms’ internationalization and value chains restructuring. By drawing on the case study of a single Italian state agency, Informest, analyzed within a larger field of public and pri...
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Through an historical analysis, this article discusses outward investments promotion as an underexplored aspect of geoeconomics. The empirical focus is on Italy’s institutional support to the internationalization of firms from 1992 to 2015, between the post-socialist transformation of Central and Eastern Europe and the years following the global cr...
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Since investment promotion practices have been a hallmark of the neoliberalizing global economy, how these practices changed after the 2008 economic crisis becomes a critical question for the viability of neoliberalism. This article studies the role of an Italian investment promotion community (IPC) in Shanghai in promoting transnational investment...
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In the context of the literature on ‘actually existing neoliberalisms’, this article analyzes the policies and services supporting Italian foreign direct investment (FDI) in Slovakia. It identifies a group of organizations, both Slovak and Italian, which shape and deliver neoliberal pro-FDI policies. By studying such an ‘investment promotion commun...
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This paper compares how officials in Rousse, Bulgaria, and Transcarpathia, Ukraine, interact with ‘foreigners’: officials from agencies of the European Union (EU), other member states, and foreign consultants. The goals are: a) to compare the extent to which officials in the two communities participate in transnational networks of European bureaucr...
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There are few analyses available of the role played by finance and business consultancies in post-socialist economic geographies and even fewer on the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Both issues are addressed in this paper with a focus on Italian banks and business services as well as their relationship to SME out...
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Although much has been written on the process of Europeanization, there is a lack of research on its nuances and implications. The academic literature to date focuses on debating the contradictions inherent within the politics of Europeanization without attempting to conceptualize what those contradictions mean in actual practice. This paper draws...
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This article investigates public policies aimed at developing industrial clusters in Bulgaria by looking at initiatives at supranational, national and local levels. It argues that cluster policies have functioned as paths directing actions in the postsocialist transformation of Bulgaria. In doing so, it seeks answers to the following research quest...
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This paper analyzes how processes of Europeanization opened up opportunities and generated ideals, which in turn changed the articulation between political and economic powers in the city and county of Timisoara, Western Romania. It builds on case studies of local government agencies and foreign investors from Italy. In doing so, it discusses the c...
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A large literature in cultural geography, history, and sociology has discussed the different, constantly shifting, and mutually defining constructions of ‘Europe,’ ‘Eastern Europe,’ and more recently the ‘New Europe,’ focusing mostly on examples from the media, politics, and sometimes the arts. However, the literature has done little to analyze the...
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Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published following peer-review in Journal of Cultural Geography, published by and copyright Routledge.
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In an exploratory essay, two geographers assess long-term prospects for Ukraine's integration into European economic and political structures, most notably the European Union. The analysis is based on an examination of such commonly cited yardsticks as economic reform, political liberalization, and efforts to combat corruption ("internal obstacles"...

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I am studying outward investment promotion, i.e. the role of public agencies (consulates and the like), business associations, and banks/consultancies in supporting home country businesses in key foreign locations. My goal is to show that these communities act as interfaces between states and transnationalizing small and medium sized enterprises. On the one hand, by supporting firms abroad they are tools of both development policy and foreign policy. On the other hand, they allow firms to contribute to qualitative transformations of state organizations as well as institutions.