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- DescriptionKwn as the Taiwan Miracle, the Republic of China on Taiwan (R.O.C.) has, over the past thirty-five years, experienced one of the world's highest rates of ecomic growth. Arguing that major theoretical frameworks for analyzing international political ecomy are often too simplistic in that they omit key factors or overly generalize from relationships found only in limited situations, Clark uses a detailed case history of the R.O.C. to suggest t only that development and dependency in contemporary society are extremely complex and indeterminate processes, but that development in Taiwan deviates significantly from the postulates of the two leading paradigms of international political ecomy. To go even further, Clark states that Taiwan's ecomic growth and transformation resulted from its deviation from the rmal dependency syndrome. Indeed, a development strategy based on ecomic flexibility and periodic regime change that has made this flexibility possible are hallmarks in Taiwan's success story. The United States and other advanced industrial ecomies whose past successes have created ecomic and political barriers to future adaptation can be better understood in terms of the characteristics of R.O.C.'s development strategy. Part I of the three-part work focuses on environment, first discussing various paradigms and theories about development and then presenting an historical overview of Taiwan. The second part investigates Taiwan's international role, political development, and rapid ecomic growth. The volume closes with a chapter devoted to the implications of the Taiwan experience and political ecomy paradigms. Eight figures and thirty-five tables illustrate facets of Taiwan's development, including government structure, indicators of agricultural development, industrialization, educational progress, and export performance, among others. Because of the detailed presentations of political ecomy theories and their variants, especially in relation to ecomic and political development in Taiwan, this volume would be an excellent choice for courses in political ecomy, developing societies, Asian politics, and international relations theory, as well as libraries serving students in these areas.
- Author BiographyCAL CLARK is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. He coauthored The Communist Balkans in International Politics and coedited North/South Relations: Studies in Dependency Reversal (Praeger Publishers, 1983) and State and Development. His essays have appeared in American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, East Central Europe, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Policy Studies Journal, Political Methodology, Politics, Publius, Social Science Journal, Southeastern Europe, and Western Political Quarterly.
- Author(s)Cal Clark
- Date of Publication06/10/1989
- SubjectIndustrial Studies: General
- Series TitleContributions in Economics & Economic History
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 100
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight584 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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