This book analyzes the institutional underpinnings of East Asia's dynamic growth by exploring the interplay between governance and flexibility in an endlessly demanding globalized marketplace. In case studies that encompass a variety of key industrial sectors and countries, the contributors emphasize the importance of network patterns of governance for facilitating flexibility in firms throughout the region. Their analyses illuminate both the strengths and limitations of recent growth strategies and offer insights into prospects for continued expansion in the wake of the East Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s.
Frederic C. Deyo is professor of sociology at SUNY, Brockport, and honorary professor and NZAI research fellow at the University of Auckland. Richard F. Doner is associate professor of political science at Emory University. Eric Hershberg is program director at the Social Science Research Council.
Introduction: Governance and Flexible Production in East Asia Frederic C. Deyo and Richard F. Doner Chapter 1: Sources of Success in Uncertain Markets: The Taiwanese Footwear Industry Lu-lin Cheng Chapter 2: Flexibility under Unorganized Industrialism? The Experience of Industrial Restructuring in Hong Kong Tai Lok Lui and Stephen W. K. Chiu Chapter 3: Governance and Flexibility: The East Asian Garment Industry Richard P. Appelbaum and David A. Smith Chapter 4: Dynamic Flexibility and Sectoral Governance in the Thai Auto Industry: The Enclave Problem Frederic C. Deyo and Richard F. Doner Chapter 5: Catching Up and Postcrisis Industrial Upgrading: Searching for New Sources of Growth in Korea's Electronics Industry Dieter Ernst Chapter 6: Politics, Institutions, and Flexibility: Microelectronics Transnationals and Machine Tool Linkages in Malaysia Rajah Rasiah Chapter 7: Flexible Production, High-Tech Commodities, and Public Policies: The Hard Disk Drive Industry in Singapore Poh-Kam Wong Conclusion: Network Governance, Flexibility, and Development amid Crisis Frederic C. Deyo, Richard F. Doner, and Eric Hershberg