Until the 1990s, industrialization was the dominant development paradigm for the Asia-Pacific region. Since then, advanced services (finance, business or 'producer services', information and creative services) have become deeply embedded in the processes of economic growth and change in the region. This rapid tertiary expansion is fundamentally restructuring national and regional economies and urban form in line with the introduction of advanced production systems, national modernization programmes and the globalization strategies of governments. Services are being actively deployed as instruments of metropolitan reconfiguration and land use change. This book explores various aspects of the relationship between service industries and economic development in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand. It provides new sector-oriented and regional and national perspectives on services and development.
'This book extends our knowledge of service sector industries in Asia-Pacific countries. Essays from China, Korea, Australia, Japan and elsewhere illustrate the increasing importance of design services, information technology and other business services in this dynamic region. In sum, this important collection confirms a rich diversity of public policy towards services and how this sector is intertwined with goods production in Asia-Pacific.' David Edgington, University of British Columbia, Canada '…this volume provides new insights into a topic that is too often overlooked by economists and geographers. The contributed papers will likely inspire scholars to conduct more rigorous research on this topic.' Asian-Pacific Economic Literature