By concentrating on one of the key locations of global manufacturing, this volume offers a contribution to contemporary industry studies.
The rates of growth that have characterized the southern Guangdong province in the last three decades are unique, even with respect to the more general and often cited Chinese experience. But what role have governments played in these decades of growth? What are the aims and tools of industrial policies promoted in this core location of contemporary manufacturing? And what are the implications of the Guangdong experience of growth for the international debate on contemporary industry?
Referencing the international debate on industrial development, specialized Chinese academic literature, official government documents, statistics and in-depth fieldwork this book offers unique view on the complex set of long-term national and local government plans and policies that have gone hand in hand with the last three decades of impressive change in this highly industrialized region. In this framework, local industrial development policy, innovation policy and migration policy are carefully analyzed as three of the main strategic interventions selected by government authorities to promote the desired gradual structural change and technological upgrading in industry.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Chinese studies, economics and business, development policy and industrial policy. Furthermore, the volume presents stimulating material for both policy makers and entrepreneurs.
Marco R. Di Tommaso is a Professor of Applied Economic Studies, Faculty of Economic Studies, University of Ferrara, Italy. Lauretta Rubini is a Professor of Economics and Organisation at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ferrara, Italy. Elisa Barbieri is a Researcher in Applied Economics at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ferrara, Italy.
1. Introduction 2. The Southern China Engine: Guangdong Province 3. The geography of industry in Guangdong 4. Industrial development policy in Guangdong 5. Migration policies and the role of migrant workers 6. Local development policy in Guangdong: the `SpecialiZed Town Programme' 7. Innovation dynamics and innovation policies in Guangdong 8. Policy effectiveness