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Reforming Asian Labor SystemsEconomic Tensions and Worker Dissent$
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Frederic C. Deyo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450518

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450518.001.0001

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Small Enterprises, Supplier Networks, and Industrial Parks

Small Enterprises, Supplier Networks, and Industrial Parks

Creating High-Skill Developmental Labor Systems

Chapter 11 Small Enterprises, Supplier Networks, and Industrial Parks
Reforming Asian Labor Systems

Frederic C. Deyo

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the role of small-enterprise policy in addressing the developmental deficits of labor market reform. Asian governments have pursued a variety of policies designed to foster and stimulate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In most cases, those efforts were directed toward creating employment and supplementing the incomes of rural and poor families. This has been especially apparent in the Philippines, where employment generation and poverty reduction have been the primary goals of SME policy. This chapter discusses three foci of SME policy: small business or SME development; the promotion of supplier networks linking local firms (and especially domestic SMEs) to larger downstream firms; and the creation of industrial parks. It also explores the ways in which the SME and microindustry policies may potentially or actually influence labor systems from the standpoint of their adequacy to address the economic, social, and political tensions of reform.

Keywords:   small enterprise, labor market reform, Asia, medium enterprise, Philippines, supplier networks, industrial parks, labor systems

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