Architects of Growth? Sub-national Governments and Industrialization in Asia


Architects of Growth is essentially a collection of ten case studies on the nature and role of provincial or state governments in growing and nurturing electronics hardware manufacturing across a range of countries in Southeast Asia.
     However in the literature the role of the state is very often equated with the central or national government. But in more ways than one the sub-national governments, especially at the level of states or provinces, also do have a strong and important role to play.
     It is this multifaceted role of the state that is analyzed by the collection of case studies in the book and given the fact that the role of sub-national entities to the literature on decentralisation, which so far has been preoccupied mainly with governance issues and not commodity producing ones.
     The most refreshing aspect of the book is the central question that the editor raises, namely the extent to which sub-national governments design and implement policies to address needs regarding their industrial sectors. This central question is then followed by three sub-questions: (1) when do sub-national governments take on the role of architects?; (2) to what extent can they become the prime drivers of industrialisation; and (3) which of the strategies and policy measures that are available to them are productive, and under what conditions?
     That said the book is stimulating and readable and a systematic appreciation of it can lead to the mergence of research on the welfare implications of incentive-induced industrialization at the sub-national level. (Pacific Affairs)

About the Publication

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. Focussing 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.


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Architects of Growth? Sub-national Governments and Industrialization in Asia [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4414-54-8], by Francis E Hutchinson, editor 60.00 USD
Preliminary pages Download
1. Introduction, by Francis E Hutchinson, author Download
2. Harnessing Asian Capabilities for Transforming the Electronics and IT Sectors: Recent Trends, Challenges and a Way Forward, by K J Joseph, author 5.00 USD
3. A Relational View on Regional Development: The Case of the Electronics Sector in Cebu, the Philippines, by Bram van Helvoirt, author 5.00 USD
4. One Priority among Many? The State Government and Electronics Sector in Johor, Malaysia, by Francis E Hutchinson, author 5.00 USD
5. Why Sub-national Governments in Thailand Are Not Creating Electronics Industry Clusters, by Danny Unger, Chandra-nuj Mahakanjana, authors 5.00 USD
6. Regional Economic Development and Perspectives for the Electronics Sector in Vietnam: The Case of Da Nang, by Tran Ngoc Ca, author 5.00 USD
7. The Evolution of Chengdu as an Inland Electronics "Base" in China and Its Local State, by Leo van Grunsven, Cassandra C Wang, authors 5.00 USD
8. The Electronics Industry in Tamil Nadu, India: A Regional Development Analysis, by P Vigneswara Ilavarasan, Francis E Hutchinson, authors 5.00 USD
9. The Development of Singapore's Electronics Sector , by Toh Mun Heng, author 5.00 USD
10. The Evolution of an Industrial Cluster and Its Policy Framework: The Case of Gumi City, Korea, by Sam Ock Park, Do Chai Chung, authors 5.00 USD
11. The Case of the Electronics Sector in Kaohsiung Municipality, Taiwan, by Ting-Lin Lee, Thanut Tritasavit, authors 5.00 USD
12. Sub-national Policy and Industrial Transformation in North Brabant, Netherlands, by Olaf Merk, author 5.00 USD
13. Sub-national Governments and Industrialzation: Some Conclusions, by Francis E Hutchinson, author 5.00 USD
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