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The Rise of Knowledge in Dependency Theory: The Experience of India and Taiwan


  • Vincent H. Shie

    (Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan,;

  • Craig D. Meer

    (Department of Climate Change, Canberra, Australia)


Dependency theorists have been mired in a theoretical impasse since the mid-1980s because they cannot explain the economic achievements of the newly industrializing countries. In the information technology industry, a key sector in the knowledge-based economy, the high-tech industrialization and performance of India and Taiwan are particularly noteworthy. Ironically, however, the rise of knowledge makes these countries more dependent technologically. JEL classification: O34, O53

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  • Vincent H. Shie & Craig D. Meer, 2010. "The Rise of Knowledge in Dependency Theory: The Experience of India and Taiwan," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 42(1), pages 81-99, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:42:y:2010:i:1:p:81-99

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    1. Ponomariov, Branco & Toivanen, Hannes, 2014. "Knowledge flows and bases in emerging economy innovation systems: Brazilian research 2005–2009," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(3), pages 588-596.

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    dependency; India; information technology (IT); patent; Taiwan;

    JEL classification:

    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East


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