The Democratic Developmental State

North-South Perspectives

Edited by Chris Tapscott, Tor Halvorsen, and Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario

ibidem Press

The Democratic Developmental State

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Pub Date: March 2018

ISBN: 9783838210452

302 Pages

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The Democratic Developmental State

North-South Perspectives

Edited by Chris Tapscott, Tor Halvorsen, and Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario

ibidem Press

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The concept of a democratic developmental state is part of the current development discourse advocated by international aid agencies, deliberated on by academics, and embraced by policymakers in many emerging economies in the global South. What is noticeable in this discourse is how little attention has been paid to a discussion of the essence of a democratic developmental state, and much of what passes for theory is little more than policy-speak and political rhetoric.This volume fills a gap in the literature on the democratic developmental state. Analyzing the different approaches to the implementation of democratic developmental states in various countries, it evaluates the extent to which these are merely replicating the central tenets of the East Asian model of the developmental state or if they are succeeding in their attempts to establish a new and more inclusive conceptualization of the state. In particular, the authors scrutinize to what degree the attempts to build a democratic developmental state may be distorted by the imperatives of neoliberalism. The volume broadens the understanding of the Nordic model of a democratic developmental state and shows how it represents an additional, and perhaps contending understanding of the developmental state derived from the East Asian experience.

About the Author

Chris Tapscott is the director of the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. His publications include Citizenship and Social Movements: Perspectives from the Global South (2010, co-edited), and Dynamics of Building a Better Society (2014, co-edited).

Tor Halvorsen is a senior researcher at the University of Bergen's cross-disciplinary center, University of Bergen Global (UiBGlobal), where he is currently leading a research group on the new political economy of globalization. He also teaches on the relations between state formation and societal development in the department of administration and organization theory. His most recent book is a volume co-edited with Hilde Ibsen and Vyvienne M'kumbuzi and entitled Knowledge for a Sustainable World: A Southern African–Nordic Contribution (2015).

Teresita Cruz-del Rosario is a senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute in the National University of Singapore. Her publications include The State and the Advocate: Development Policy in Southeast Asia (2014), and Lost in Transition: Comparative Political Transitions in Southeast Asia and the Middle East (2016).