Architects of Growth?: Sub-National Governments and Industrialization in Asia
By: Francis E. Hutchinson (editor)Paperback
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Once acting as local representatives of the national government and content to let their larger counterparts do the "heavy lifting", state and provincial governments are increasingly expected to be stewards of their economies and deliver sustained growth rates for their citizens. Spurred on by increasing competition, not least from neighbouring territories, sub-national governments are increasingly formulating their own plans for economic development, taking out loans, investing in specialist facilities, and establishing marketing offices abroad.Despite this increasingly challenging environment, there is little research on what sub-national governments can or should do to catalyze the development of their economies. Focusing on the electronics sector, this book draws together ten cases of promising states or provinces largely, but not exclusively, from Asia. These dynamic regions have managed to outcompete the primary economic and political centres of power in their countries and are negotiating their own entry into one of the most challenging and demanding sectors. In exploring the issues of agency, autonomy, and state-business relations at the sub-national level, this book aims to shed light on a vital, but overlooked topic.
Francis E. Hutchison is Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.
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