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Globalizing Regional Development in East Asia

Production Networks, Clusters, and Entrepreneurship, 1st Edition

Edited by Henry Wai-chung Yeung


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Significant historical and geographical differences account for the many processes and trajectories of regional development in East Asia. These historical and geographical specificities in East Asia have prompted serious re-examination of existing theories in regional development, and in particular the "new regionalism" approach associated with such ideas as the learning region, institutional thickness, relational assets, and regional innovation system. This book brings together a group of leading researchers specializing in local and regional development in East Asian economies. Through in-depth empirical studies of specific regions and localities, these authors offer fresh and innovative perspectives on how regions evolve and develop over time in the world’s most dynamic macro-regional economy. In particular, their work points to the critical importance of local and trans-local processes in shaping regional development trajectories.

The book is timely given that the debate on the nature and dynamics of regional development in both academic and policy circles has now moved on. From the earlier focus on endogenous regional assets (such as localized networks of association and trust), scholars and policymakers are now analyzing the complex relationship between economic globalization and regional change. This high calibre collection makes a significant contribution to the literature on local and regional development in Asia and provides an important resource for researchers, students, and policy makers interested in East Asia.

This book was published as a special issue of Regional Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Globalizing Regional Development in East Asia: Production Networks, Clusters, and Entrepreneurship - Henry Wai-chung Yeung

2. Situating Regional Development in the Competitive Dynamics of Global Production Networks: An East Asian Perspective - Henry Wai-chung Yeung (National University of Singapore)

Part One: Global production networks and regional development

3. Revisiting the Silicon Island? The Geographically Varied "Strategic Coupling" in the Development of High-technology Parks in Taiwan - You-ren Yang, Jinn-yuh Hsu, and Chia-ho Ching (National Taiwan University)

4. Strategic Coupling of Regional Development in Global Production Networks: Redistribution of Taiwan PC Investment from Pearl River Delta to Yangtze River Delta, China - Chun Yang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

5. Multinationals, Geographical Spillovers and Regional Development in Thailand - Suksawat Sajarattanochote and Jessie P.H. Poon (State University of New York, Buffalo)

6. From Global Production Networks to Global Reproduction Networks: Households, Migration and Regional Development in Cavite, Philippines - Philip F. Kelly (York University, Canada)

Part Two: Politics and entrepreneurship in regional development

7. Balanced Development in Globalizing Regional Development? Unpacking the New Regional Policy in South Korea - Yong-Sook Lee (Korea University)

8. Scaling Up Regional Development in Globalizing China: Local Capital Accumulation, Land-Centered Politics, and Reproduction of Space - George C.S. Lin (University of Hong Kong)

9. Globalizing Regional Development in Sunan, China: Does Suzhou Industrial Park Fit a Neo-Marshallian District Model?

Dennis Wei, Yuqi Lu, and Wen Chen (University of Utah, USA)

10. Clustering as anti-politics machine? Situating the politics of regional economic development and Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor - Josh Lepawsky (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)

11. Entrepreneurship and Regional Culture: The case of Hamamatsu and Kyoto, Japan - Yuko Aoyama (Clark University, USA)

About the Author/Editor

Henry Wai-chung Yeung is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore. His books include Transnational Corporations and Business Networks and Chinese Capitalism in a Global Era (also published by Routledge). He is the editor of Environment and Planning A, Economic Geography, and Review of International Political Economy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Free Enterprise
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics