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Institutional Adjustment for Economic Growth

Small Scale Industries and Economic Transition in Asia and Africa

Per Ronnas OErjan Sjoeberg Maud Hemlin



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23 May 2019
Macroeconomics; International trade; International business; Human geography; Regional geography
First published in 1998, this volume focuses on the special category of countries popularly referred to as 'transition economies' through an analysis of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and their role in Asian economies, with a view to assessing whether they could or should provide a model for African countries. The present volume explores the institutional peculiarities displayed by 'transition economies'. These are economies which are undergoing a comprehensive and fundamental societal transformation with a view to creating a utopian communist society within the frame of a centrally administered economy, then a pluralistic society based on a market economy and the rule of law.

Much of the debate on the economic performance of African LCD's has focused on informal sector activities or on the imperative to achieve structural adjustment. By highlighting instead the challenges facing two of the least successful among the African economies - Ethiopia and Tanzania, both of which share a socialist past - this book moves beyond the above issues. It argues that institutional adjustment is critical to the prospects for success in developing transition economies. As such the book investigates the transaction costs environment within which small-scale industrial activities are set. By drawing extensively on the Asian experience, (predominantly China and Vietnam but also India and Taiwan), it identifies sources of transaction costs by examining not only the transactional disadvantages of small-scale production, but also the past and present sources of institutional inefficiency.
By:   Per Ronnas, OErjan Sjoeberg, Maud Hemlin
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Weight:   621g
ISBN:   9781138338630
ISBN 10:   113833863X
Series:   Routledge Revivals
Pages:   239
Publication Date:   23 May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction. Per Ronnas. 2. Institutional Adjustment: Reforming the Developing Socialist Economy. OErjan Sjoeberg. 3. Small Industries and Institutional Framework: a Transaction Costs Approach. Bhargavi Ramamurthy. 4. The Asian Experience I: China and Taiwan. Bhargavi Ramamurthy. 5. The Asian Experience II: India and Vietnam. Bhargavi Ramamurthy. 6. Ethiopia. Maud Hemlin. 7. Tanzania. Pernilla Sjoequist. 8. Institutions and SSIs: Some Lessons from Diverse Experiences. OErjan Sjoeberg.

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