Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Yusuke Takagi, Veerayooth Kanchoochat, Tetsushi Sonobe
    Pages 1-18 Open Access
  3. Shinichi Takeuchi
    Pages 121-134 Open Access
  4. Toshihiro Kudo, Satoru Kumagai
    Pages 135-156 Open Access
  5. Tetsushi Sonobe
    Pages 177-182 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-185

About this book


This open access book modifies and revitalizes the concept of the ‘developmental state’ to understand the politics of emerging economy through nuanced analysis on the roles of human agency in the context of structural transformation. In other words, there is a revived interest in the ‘developmental state’ concept. The nature of the ‘emerging state’ is characterized by its attitude toward economic development and industrialization. Emerging states have engaged in the promotion of agriculture, trade, and industry and played a transformative role to pursue a certain path of economic development. Their success has cast doubt about the principle of laissez faire among the people in the developing world. This doubt, together with the progress of democratization, has prompted policymakers to discover when and how economic policies should deviate from laissez faire, what prevents political leaders and state institutions from being captured by vested interests, and what induce them to drive economic development. This book offers both historical and contemporary case studies from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda. They illustrate how institutions are designed to be developmental, how political coalitions are formed to be growth-oriented, and how technocratic agencies are embedded in a network of business organizations as a part of their efforts for state building.

Yusuke Takagi is Assistant Professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Veerayooth Kanchoochat is Associate Professor of GRIPS and Tetsushi Sonobe is Vice President of GRIPS.


Open Access Emerging state Developmental state State building Embedded autonomy Political economy Economic growth State transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Yusuke Takagi
    • 1
  • Veerayooth Kanchoochat
    • 2
  • Tetsushi Sonobe
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate School of Policy ScienceNational Graduate Institute for Policy StudiesTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Policy ScienceNational Graduate Institute for Policy StudiesTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Policy ScienceNational Graduate Institute for Policy StudiesTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY-NC-ND
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2903-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2904-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-5015
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-5031
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