Announcing: Walsh, John, “Management Challenges of Post-Authoritarian Developmentalist Industrial Geography in East Asia,” Journal of Economics and Behavioural Studies, Vol.4, No.7 (July, 2012), pp.390-6, available at: http://ifrnd.org/admin/jebs/2.pdf.
The origin of contemporary East Asian economic development coincided with and was to some extent caused by the consequences of the Cold War. It was characterized by state-led developmental models focusing on import-substituting, export-oriented manufacturing with low labour cost competitiveness. States generally designated specific areas in which these activities could take place and regulated all aspects of their conduct and the distribution of profits resulting from them. As at least some of the states involved have moved towards a post-authoritarian stage of development, the places in which industrial development has taken place have broadened in scope and followed private rather than public sector priorities. This paper examines this trend and then identifies the principal management challenges arising from it.