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Strategic CouplingEast Asian Industrial Transformation in the New Global Economy$
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Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702556

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702556.001.0001

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Transformation of State-Firm Relations in the 1980s and the 1990s

Transformation of State-Firm Relations in the 1980s and the 1990s

(p.22) Chapter 2 Transformation of State-Firm Relations in the 1980s and the 1990s
Strategic Coupling

Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes the transformation of state-firm relations within South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore in the 1980s and 1990s as a result of rapid industrialization. It argues that the emergence of global production networks (GPN) since the late 1980s provided a critical structural condition for reshaping these state-firm relations in the three economies. Through their articulation into different GPNs, national firms have been increasingly able to disembed themselves from the instrumental imperatives of their domestic states and to reembed in dynamic interfirm networks that offer new sources of knowledge, power, and capabilities. The dynamic recombinant of both shifting state-firm relations and new GPNs is critical in the understanding of evolutionary change and adjustments in these three East Asian economies—a dynamic phenomenon encapsulated in the state-firm-GPN assemblage.

Keywords:   state-firm relations, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, 1980s, 1990s, industrialization, global production networks, state-firm-GPN assemblage

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