Social Network Roles in Foreign Capital and Research

In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins and Benjamin A. T. Graham, assistant professor in the School of International Relations at USC, discuss the role that migrants can play in bringing foreign capital into countries. He uses case studies from the Philippines and Georgia to get at what kinds of social networks evolve in developing countries. Migrant affiliated firms have capabilities that other foreign forms can’t match, as the social ties between the firm and local people are extremely important in getting things accomplished.

In addition, they talk about different kinds of social networks through the Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab at USC.


Podcast production by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz. Sound editing by the Brothers Hedden.