Among the key debates fought in developing economies is whether globalization through liberalization is the means by which economies can industrialize and provide their labour forces with tangible improvements in the material conditions of living. This book addresses this issue head on, using empirical evidence from some of the fastest growing and transition economies from East and South Asia. Countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia have already started to deindustrialize before enjoying industrial maturity, while with the exception of China and evidence of some growth in real wages in the other economies, the evidence appears compelling to suggest that increased industrialization and integration into the capitalist economy have not succeeded in providing significant labour improvement. The evidence suggests that a proactive state, focusing on enhancing the material conditions of labour, is pertinent to ensuring sustainable long term industrialization and thus improving material conditions for workers. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy.
Table of Contents
1. Globalization, industrialization and labour markets Rajah Rasiah, Bruce McFarlane and Sarosh Kuruvilla
2. Globalization, industrialization and labour markets in China Miao Zhang and Rajah Rasiah
3. Growth, industrialisation and inequality in India Jayati Ghosh
4. Industrialization, globalization, and labor market regime in Indonesia Dionisius Narjoko and Chandra Tri Putra
5. Industrialization and labour in Malaysia Rajah Rasiah, Vicki Crinis and Hwok-Aun Lee
6. Globalization of industrialization and its impact on clothing workers in Myanmar Myo Myo Myint, Rajah Rasiah and Kuppusamy Singaravelloo
7. Growth and employment in de-industrializing Philippines Rene E. Ofreneo
8. Industrialization, globalization and labour force participation in Thailand Voravidh Charoenloet
9. Globalization, industrialization, and labor markets in Vietnam Angie Ngoc Tran and Irene Nørlund
Rajah Rasiah is Professor of Economics and Technology Management at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is currently on sabbatical at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Bruce McFarlane was formerly Professor of Economics at Adelaide University, Australia, and Newcastle University, Australia.
Sarosh Kuruvilla is Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies, and Public Affairs at the School of Industrial Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.