Synopses & Reviews
Kuo contrasts the economic evolutions of Taiwan and the Philippines as the product of government and industry relations. The two nations shared many economic similarities-yet Taiwan moved from clientelism to state corporatism, while in the Philippines clientelism remains deeply entrenched.
Kuo's case studies in the textile, plywood, and electronics industries support these general arguments. He finds that clientelism invariably leads to economic problems, while a laissez-faire approach is unpredictable. The best formula for industrial success in a developing nation is close cooperation between business and government.
“Kuo's work is a model of conceptual clarity: he considers three types of economic regimes: laissez-faire, clientelism, and corporatism as applied to the two countries in question. . . . The detailed individual chapters on the textile industry, the electronics industry, and the plywood industry in both countries contain much valuable information.”
—Studies in Comparative International Development
“One of the many strengths of Kuo's book is the fascinating historical detail he provides on three industries: textiles and apparel, plywood and electronics; these are among the best sectoral case studies we have of the NICs.”
Kuo correlates the contrasting economic evolutions of Taiwan and the Philippines as the product of government and industry relations, by presenting case studies of leading industries in the two nations.
About the Author
Cheng-Tian Kuo, is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at National Chengchi University.