Behind East Asian Growth: The Political and Social Foundations of Prosperity


This book provides a unique exploration of the fundamental reasons behind the remarkable growth of the East Asian region. The contributors -- who include anthropologists, economists, political scientists, technologists, demographers, historians and psychologists -- identify four essential factors for success: effective governance, achieving and learning societies, growth with equality, and external influences. They consider motivating factors, solid commitment to education, the low disparity of incomes, and external political and economic threats. This is the most comprehensive account of the foundations of East Asia's rise, opening up. new avenues of inquiry on a topic that continues to be hotly debated.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Henry S. Rowen
  • Minxin Pei
  • Hilton L. Root
  • Stephan M. Haggard
  • Jon S. T. Quah
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1998


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