Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
As a result of centuries of globalization, supply chains networks have stretched far and wide, and are pivotal to the functioning of the global political economy. Yet, the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed supply chain fragilities in personal protective equipment (PPE). This paper focuses on how and why this is the case. Understanding that China’s competitive currency, labor policies, state support, and scale production make her a key player, PPE shortages first emerged when internal Chinese demand mushroomed. That being said, domestic PPE inventories in the U.S. had already been at critical lows, and were exacerbated by a lack in supply chain diversity as a result of privatization, which favored multinational monopolies. The lethal blow to PPE shortages was the lack of policy coordination - the Trump administration had failed, on both a domestic and international level, in its response to the pandemic.
Chan, Christine, "Fragile Chains: The Political Economy of the Global Production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)" (2021). CMC Senior Theses. 2627.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.