The Evolution of the Asian Developmental State: Hong Kong and Singapore, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Evolution of the Asian Developmental State

Hong Kong and Singapore, 1st Edition

By J. J. Woo


160 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Many East Asian states have undergone profound economic transformations over the last two decades. Singapore and Hong Kong especially have adapted to shifting economic and technological conditions by transforming themselves into ‘smart developmental states’. In these cities, the proliferation of digital technologies has given rise to new growth sectors and opened up new areas of political contestation within these early proponents of the developmental state model.

Providing a theoretical and empirical discussion of the Asian developmental state model, the book assesses the evolution of the developmental state model, considers recent developments in the field and evaluates the development state’s continued relevance as a conceptual framework for understanding the politics of economic development. Focusing on digital and technology-enabled economic activities in Hong Kong and Singapore, the author explores the various policies that allow developmental states to stimulate economic growth, ensure organizational coherence, and engage businesses and other stakeholders.

This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of political economy and economic development in Asia as well as business professionals and other practitioners.


"This book provides a much overdue contribution to our understanding of the developmental dynamics of some of Asia’s most celebrated city states: Singapore and Hong Kong. By revisiting the developmental state thesis and analysing the policy challenges posed by the rise of the knowledge economy and the increasing impact of digitization, the author is able to demonstrate how the adoption of smart city strategies is increasingly supplanting traditional approaches to developmental policy, planning and economic management. A timely, thoughtful and innovative book that speaks to students of international political economy, development and policymakers alike." - Darryl S.L. Jarvis, Professor and Head of Department of Asian and Policy Studies, Education University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Developmental States: A Conceptual Overview

Chapter 3 Singapore Inc.

Chapter 4 Hong Kong: Administrative Developmental State

Chapter 5 Becoming Smart Cities

Chapter 6 Conceptual and Theoretical Implications

Chapter 7 The Smart Developmental State

About the Author

J.J. Woo is Assistant Professor of Singapore and Southeast Asian Politics in the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From 2016 to 2017, he was Rajawali Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he worked on policy co-creation in Singapore. Dr Woo received his PhD from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and holds an MSc (International Political Economy) from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.

About the Series

Rethinking Asia and International Relations

Rethinking Asia and International Relations
This series provides thoughtful consideration both of the growing prominence of Asian actors on the global stage and the changes in the study and practice of world affairs that they provoke. It offers a comprehensive parallel assessment of the full spectrum of Asian states, organisations, and regions and their impact on the dynamics of global politics. The series encourages conversation on: ¢ What rules, norms, and strategic cultures are likely to dominate international life in the 'Asian Century'; ¢ How will global problems be reframed and addressed by a 'rising Asia'; ¢ Which institutions, actors, and states are likely to provide leadership during such 'shifts to the East'; ¢ Whether there is something distinctly 'Asian' about the emerging patterns of global politics. Such comprehensive engagement not only offers a critical assessment of the actual and prospective roles of Asian actors, but rethinks the concepts, practices, and frameworks of analysis of world politics.

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