Embedded Autonomy States and Industrial Transformation

ISBN-10: 0691037361
ISBN-13: 9780691037363
Edition: 1995
Authors: Peter B. Evans
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Book details

List price: $62.50
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/9/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

In recent years, debate on the state's economic role has too often devolved into diatribes against intervention. Peter Evans questions such simplistic views, offering a new vision of why state involvement works in some cases and produces disasters in others. To illustrate, he looks at how state agencies, local entrepreneurs, and transnational corporations shaped the emergence of computer industries in Brazil, India, and Korea during the seventies and eighties. Evans starts with the idea that states vary in the way they are organized and tied to society. In some nations, like Zaire, the state is predatory, ruthlessly extracting and providing nothing of value in return. In others, like Korea, it is developmental, promoting industrial transformation. In still others, like Brazil and India, it is in between, sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Evans's years of comparative research on the successes and failures of state involvement in the process of industrialization have here been crafted into a persuasive and entertaining work, which demonstrates that successful state action requires an understanding of its own limits, a realistic relationship to the global economy, and the combination of coherent internal organization and close links to society that Evans called "embedded autonomy."

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
States and Industrial Transformation
A Comparative Institutional Approach
States
Roles and Sectors
Promotion and Policing
State Firms and High-Tech Husbandry
The Rise of Local Firms
The New Internationalization
Lessons from Informatics
Rethinking Embedded Autonomy
Notes
References
Index

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