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Services and Economic Development in the Asia-Pacific

1st Edition

By J.W. Harrington

Edited by P.W. Daniels


264 pages

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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

About the Author/Editor

Professor Daniels is Dean of Physical Sciences and Engineering and Professor in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK. Professor Harrington is in the Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

About the Series

The Dynamics of Economic Space

The Dynamics of Economic Space
The IGU Commission on 'The Dynamics of Economic Space' aims to play a leading international role in the development, promulgation and dissemination of new ideas in economic geography. It has as its goal the development of a strong analytical perspective on the processes, problems and policies associated with the dynamics of local and regional economies as they are incorporated into the globalizing world economy. In recognition of the increasing complexity of the world economy, the Commission's interests include: industrial production; business, professional and financial services, and the broader service economy including e-business; corporations, corporate power, enterprise and entrepreneurship; the changing world of work and intensifying economic interconnectedness.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography