Conclusions: Singapore and the New International Division of Labour

  • Garry Rodan
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The primary focus of this study has been the state and its role in the industrialisation of Singapore. As noted, there is a conspicuous dearth of such analysis and the dominant accounts of NIC industralisation have tended to ignore, downplay or misrepresent the role of the state. In short, treatment of the state has been theoretically inadequate. The fundamental assumption of this study has been that such inadequacy represents a serious flaw in the understanding of successful industrialisation through incorporation into the NIDL.


Comparative Advantage Industrial Revolution Rational Choice Theory Central Proposition Singapore State 
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    See James O’Connor, The Fiscal Crisis of the State (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1973) and Accumulation Crisis (New York: Basil Blackwell, 1984).Google Scholar
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    The share of imports subject to NTBs in the industrial-country markets by developing countries was 19.8 per cent in 1983, compared with 10.5 per cent by industrial countries. In the European Community, 21.8 per cent of developing country imports were subject to NTBs, compared with 10.2 per cent of industrial country imports; in Japan the respective figures were 10.5 per cent and 9.3 per cent and in the USA 12.9 per cent and 7.7 per cent. See World Bank, World Development Report 1985 (New York: Oxford University Press. 1985) p. 40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    World Bank, World Development Report 1984 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1984) p. 26.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    S. K. Cho, ‘The Dilemmas of Export-Led Industrialisation: South Korea and the World Economy’, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 30, 1985, p. 66.Google Scholar

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© Garry Rodan 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Garry Rodan
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  1. 1.Murdoch UniversityAustralia

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