International Mobility, Global Capitalism, and Changing Structures of Accumulation

Transforming the Japan-India IT Relationship

By Anthony P. D'Costa

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296 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2015-11-29
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About the Book

International mobility is not a new concept as people have moved throughout history, voluntarily and forcibly, for personal, familial, economic, political, and professional reasons. Yet, the mobility of technical talent in the global economy is relatively new, largely voluntary, structurally determined by market forces, and influenced by immigration policies.

With over a decade’s worth of extensive research in India, Japan, Finland, and Singapore, this book provides an alternative understanding of how capitalism functions at the global level by specifically analyzing the international movement of technical professionals between India and Japan. There are three factors that inform this study: the services transition away from manufacturing, the movement of technical professionals in the world economy, and the demographic crisis facing Japan. The dynamics of changing capitalism are examined by theorizing the emergence of the services sector in the USA and Japan, analyzing the pronounced social inequality in India that is the basis for the global supply of highly skilled technical professionals, and providing considerable empirical data on the flows of professionals to these two countries to indicate Japan’s institutional inflexibility in accommodating foreign talent. The author anticipates that Japanese industry will shed some of its institutional rigidity due to the pressures of competition and the scarcity of technical professionals.

Providing a wealth of information on the topic of international mobility, this book is an essential addition for scholars and students in the field of International Development, Business Studies, Asian Studies, Migration Studies, and Political Economy.

Table of Contents

1. Capital Accumulation and the International Mobility of Labor: An Introduction 2. Changing Structures of Accumulation and International Mobility of Technical Professionals 3. Changing Structures of Accumulation from Manufacturing to Services 4. Positioning Japan in the International Mobility of Skilled Professionals 5. Changing Structures of Accumulation and Indian Labor Mobility 6. Crisis and Accumulation Challenges in Japan’s IT Industry 7. Institutional Stickiness and Really Existing Capitalism 8. The Final Push for Accumulation in India and Japan 9. Concluding Remarks on Accumulation, International Mobility, and Distributive Implications

About the Author

Anthony P. D'Costa is Chair and Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies and teaches in the Development Studies Program, University of Melbourne, Australia. He has written extensively on the political economy of steel, auto, and IT industries and continues to expand on the themes of capitalism, globalization, development, industrial restructuring, and changing labor markets. His latest publication is an edited book "After-Development Dynamics: South Korea’s Engagement with Contemporary Asia."

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Routledge Advances in International Political Economy

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General