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Embedded Autonomy : States and Industrial Transformation - Peter B. Evans

Embedded Autonomy

States and Industrial Transformation

Paperback Published: 9th March 1995
ISBN: 9780691037363
Number Of Pages: 344

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In recent years, debate on the state's economic role has too often devolved into diatribes against intervention. Peter Evans questions such simplistic views, offering a new vision of why state involvement works in some cases and produces disasters in others. To illustrate, he looks at how state agencies, local entrepreneurs, and transnational corporations shaped the emergence of computer industries in Brazil, India, and Korea during the seventies and eighties.

Evans starts with the idea that states vary in the way they are organized and tied to society. In some nations, like Zaire, the state is predatory, ruthlessly extracting and providing nothing of value in return. In others, like Korea, it is developmental, promoting industrial transformation. In still others, like Brazil and India, it is in between, sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Evans's years of comparative research on the successes and failures of state involvement in the process of industrialization have here been crafted into a persuasive and entertaining work, which demonstrates that successful state action requires an understanding of its own limits, a realistic relationship to the global economy, and the combination of coherent internal organization and close links to society that Evans called "embedded autonomy."

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1995 "This carefully researched and well-written book is an important addition to development literature."--Choice "Evans establishes himself once again as an indisputable leader of the development field. This book represents the finest example of the comparative institutional analysis of the state's role in economic transformation in the contemporary world."--Journal of Sociology

List of Tables
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
States and Industrial Transformationp. 3
A Comparative Institutional Approachp. 21
Statesp. 43
Roles and Sectorsp. 74
Promotion and Policingp. 99
State Firms and High-Tech Husbandryp. 128
The Rise of Local Firmsp. 155
The New Internationalizationp. 181
Lessons from Informaticsp. 207
Rethinking Embedded Autonomyp. 227
Notesp. 251
Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780691037363
ISBN-10: 0691037361
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 9th March 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5