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On Some Controversies about East Asian Developmental States


  • Dana Gârdu

    () (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)


Asia-10’s stellar performance and provisional decline have prompted competing strands of scholarship to advance various development drivers, i.e. states, markets and culture. After an introductory presentation of nation-states’ shifting roles and conceptualisations, this paper purports to provide a critical overview of the statecentric approach. The next step is to ascertain whether network theories can improve upon the statist perspective. The paper concludes that neither approach does justice to the complexity of East Asian development, and suggests that an eclectic approach is a better formula.

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  • Dana Gârdu, 2011. "On Some Controversies about East Asian Developmental States," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 14(40), pages 155-171, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rej:journl:v:14:y:2011:i:40:p:155-171

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    1. Étienne Gilbert, 1990. "Alice H. Amsden, Asia's Next Giant South Korea and Late Industrialization," Revue Tiers Monde, Programme National Persée, vol. 31(124), pages 953-953.
    2. Doner, Richard F. & Ritchie, Bryan K. & Slater, Dan, 2005. "Systemic Vulnerability and the Origins of Developmental States: Northeast and Southeast Asia in Comparative Perspective," International Organization, Cambridge University Press, vol. 59(02), pages 327-361, April.
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    developmental state; state-centric approach; economic development; East Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies


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