States and development in the Asian Pacific rim

States and development in the Asian Pacific rim

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How do development experts account for the phenomenal economic transformation East Asia has undergone--and enjoyed--since World War II? This question has perplexed many interested observers. Analysts previously thought that the possibility for development in peripheral Third World countries was severely circumscribed by the capitalist world economic system. Yet by the late 1960s, several Asian societies had achieved sufficient autonomy within the world-system to harness the dynamics of global capitalism for their own purposes. In States and Development in the Asian Pacific Rim, an outstanding array of Asian scholars asserts that the activity of the national state--economically and socially--has propelled these struggling countries into economic powerhouses. Part I of this important collection summarizes the East Asian experience, with particular focus on the global economy and internal state policies. Part II covers the economic policies in specific countries, providing detailed case studies and analyses. The final section examines social policies, once again demonstrating the importance of state policy in fostering economic growth. Of special interest to students and professionals in political science, policy studies, urban studies, and development studies, States and Development in the Asian Pacific Rim will also be fascinating reading for anyone curious about Asian history, economics, or culture. qA highly recommended reader for its balanced structure, new theoretical ideas, informative case studies, and the editors' illuminating section introductions. Although written mostly by sociologists, all of the authors have successfully integrated political, sociological, and economic analyses in their works.q --Journal of Asian Studies qThis volume demonstrates the value of maintaining a diversity of views in the debate, and the coherence of the sociological input, supplemented by one or two other disciplinary perspectives. . . . An excellent introductory chapter . . . thereafter, each part of the book is introduced by a succinct editorial summary of the main issues, a point appreciated by book reviewers and overworked lecturers. . . . It is an important and well-crafted contribution to both an understanding of the Asian tigers and the significance of the state to development and structural change. Doubtlessly it will stimulate further thought on this very important issue.q --Environment a Planning qThis book provides a welcome antidote to the ideology acclamations of neoclassical economics and the determinism of world systems theory.q --Political Studies Association qThe volume is well organized and its arguments are nicely integrated, thanks to supperb editorship. . . . It provides readers with a very handy launching pad from which to explore theoretical and empirical new frontiers.q --Pacific Affairsrepresent a third form of industrial subcontracting known as a€œsupplier subcontracting. ... Thus South Koreaa#39;s leading auto manufacturer, Hyundai Motor Company, has become one of the top importers into both Canada and the United States since the rrrid-1980s (see Gereffi, 1990). The fifth ... Trade I10 THEORETICAL ISSUES.

Title:States and development in the Asian Pacific rim
Author:Richard P. Appelbaum, Jeffrey William Henderson
Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc - 1992-03-13


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