Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation / Edition 1

Embedded Autonomy: States and Industrial Transformation / Edition 1

by Peter B. Evans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691037361

ISBN-13: 9780691037363

Pub. Date: 02/17/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691037363
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/17/1995
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
1States and Industrial Transformation3
2A Comparative Institutional Approach21
3States43
4Roles and Sectors74
5Promotion and Policing99
6State Firms and High-Tech Husbandry128
7The Rise of Local Firms155
8The New Internationalization181
9Lessons from Informatics207
10Rethinking Embedded Autonomy227
Notes251
References287
Index311

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