Asia after the Developmental State

Kanishka Jayasuriya of Murdoch University reviews a collection edited by Toby Carroll and Darryl S.L. Jarvis Asia After the Developmental State: Disembedding Autonomy for JCA. The book is published by Cambridge University Press.

Jayasuriya writes that the “book is an innovative analysis of the developmental state seeking to critique the statist explanations of East Asian industrialisation.”

He adds that this critique takes on the “technocratic ideas of development based on the analysis of East Asian industrialisation. It takes aim at these, not from the ‘getting the prices right’ perspective, but from a framework that provides a central role to social and class relations
in shaping developmental strategies.” The failure to account for class “results in an inability to understand some of the profound changes and challenges – including the rise of inequality and precarious work − in East Asia since the heyday of work on the development state.”

While criticising the neglect of the “well-developed critical and Marxist literature, particularly in Japan and Korea, that has challenged some of these [developmentalist state] perspectives…”, Jayasuriya says that “this is an excellent book,” a “powerful critique” and a “new research agenda focussed on understanding the capitalist state in East Asia.”

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