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By Robert Benewick, Marc Blecher, Sarah Cook

ISBN-10: 0714653330

ISBN-13: 9780714653334

This quantity adopts a multidisciplinary and comparative method of improvement that brings jointly concerns which are attribute of the lifelong scholarship of Professor Gordon White. those contain a spotlight at the nation, civil society, welfare and globalization.

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Institutional Design Gordon’s interest in the developmental potential of civil society and social capital was tempered by his fundamental concern with the nature of the state. His critique of the concept of synergy outlined in the previous section is redolent of this preoccupation with state power. His penchant for analysing the role of the state was sometimes wrongly construed as a predilection for statist solutions to development problems. , 1983]. Gordon cultivated the concept of the developmental state in his analysis of the successful East Asian ‘tiger’ economies, arguing that the deliberate construction of a set of institutions geared towards a clear vision of development under the guidance of a motivated political leadership was key to their success [White, 1988].

Rightly or wrongly, WTO regulations and practices try to prevent the kind of development strategy that was practiced throughout East Asia from the 1960s onwards. It is clear that international pressure will force the Chinese government to undertake a more marketbased strategy. Should China not adjust its policy it will run the risk of substantial friction with the world trading body and especially from the USA. It is clear that state-owned enterprises, on the whole, are struggling. Certainly rapid growth has been attained while maintaining a relatively large state-owned sector.

First and foremost an effective, as distinct from strong, state structure is a precondition for any hope of successful reform. Certainly, the role of the state in the economy will change with a narrower set of interventions and less direct administrative interference. However, an increase in state capacity is a prerequisite for an effective market to function. The state must adjudicate the increasingly contentious nature of economic market transactions. This means that it is the obligation of the state to establish a sound legal system.

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