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Developmental States beyond East Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Jewellord T. Nem Singh, Jesse Salah Ovadia


208 pages

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This comprehensive volume reviews recent scholarship regarding the role of the state in economic development. With a wide range of case studies of both successful and failed state-led development, the authors push the analysis of the developmental state beyond its original limitations and into the 21st century.

New policies, institutional configurations, and state-market relations are emerging outside of East Asia, as new developmental states move beyond the historical experience of East Asian development. The authors argue for the continued relevance of the ‘developmental state’ and for understanding globalization and structural transformation through the lens of this approach. They further this concept by applying it to analyses of China, Latin America, and Africa, as well as to new frontiers of state-led development in Japan and the East Asian developmental states. This book expands the scope of research on state-led development to encompass new theoretical and methodological innovations and new topics such as governance, institution building, industrial policy and the role of extractive industries.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The theory and practice of building developmental states in the Global South Jewellord Nem Singh and Jesse Salah Ovadia

Part I: Rethinking the developmental state concept

2. Studying the developmental state: theory and method in research on industrial policy and state-led development in Africa Jesse Salah Ovadia and Christina Wolf

3. State-owned enterprises and the political economy of state–state relations in the developing world Jewellord Nem Singh and Geoffrey C. Chen

4. The developmental state of the twenty-first century: accounting for state and society Jennifer Hsu

Part II: National experiences of building developmental states

5. Twenty-first century developmental states? Argentina under the Kirchners Christopher Wylde

6. Industrial policy and state-making: Brazil’s attempt at oil-based industrial development Eliza Massi and Jewellord Nem Singh

7. The Ethiopian developmental state Christopher Clapham

8. An extractive developmental state in Southern Africa? The cases of Zambia and Zimbabwe Richard Saunders and Alexander Caramento

Part III: New dynamics for developmental states in the international political economy

9. East Asia’s new developmentalism: state capacity, climate change and low-carbon development Christopher M. Dent

10. Exporting the developmental state: Japan’s economic diplomacy in the Arctic Aki Tonami

About the Editors

Jewellord T. Nem Singh is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University, the Netherlands. His main research lies on the intersection between development and democracy in Latin America and Southeast Asia, with particular interest in state-building and the politics of resource-led development. He is co-editor of Demanding Justice in the Global South: Claiming Rights (2017) and Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South: Critical International Political Economy Perspectives (2013).

Jesse Salah Ovadia is Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada. Focusing on the political economy of oil, gas and mining, he writes about local content policies and industrial development. He is the author of The Petro-Developmental State in Africa: Making Oil Work in Angola, Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea (2016) and co-editor of Energy, Capitalism and World Order: Toward a New Agenda in International Political Economy (2016).

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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