Industrialisation and Globalisation: Theory and Evidence from Developing Countries

Industrialisation and Globalisation: Theory and Evidence from Developing Countries

Industrialisation and Globalisation: Theory and Evidence from Developing Countries

Industrialisation and Globalisation: Theory and Evidence from Developing Countries

Synopsis

John Weiss presents a survey of industrialisation in developing countries since 1945, as well as offering a study of the predominant theories of industrial growth in the third World.

Excerpt

This book arose out of an intention to revise my earlier work Industry in Developing Countries, first published in hardback by Croom-Helm in 1988 and in paperback by Routledge in 1990. Most of that work was originally written in the mid-1980s, so that a great deal of new material has emerged since then. Hence all chapters of the original book have now been rewritten. The focus of the original has been retained however, in that the approach combines evidence with a discussion of alternative theoretical frameworks or paradigms. The distinction between Neoclassical, Structuralist and Radical schools of thought has been retained as a means of organising discussion around potentially complex issues. However, these distinctions were always oversimplifications, hopefully justifiable for expositional purposes, and many working in this area would feel uncomfortable at being labelled in this rather crude manner.

The new book has drawn on my own work on industrialisation, some of which was conducted with doctoral students at Bradford University and some with colleagues, chiefly in recent years Hossein Jalilian and Michael Tribe. Responsibility for errors is, of course, mine.

My family have always been a wonderful source of support and at the time of completing this manuscript were suffering considerably more than usual from my absence for professional reasons. I can only hope that it is all worth it.

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