For many developing countries economic growth is an elusive quest. Both economists and policymakers have long known that issues such as education, investment and infrastructure are necessary ingredients for development and yet only a very small number of countries seem to be able to come up with the right mix of these ingredients. 2000 IDRF Fellow Bryan Ritchie demonstrates how political relationships among government, business, academic and labor leaders create different incentives for economic actors to make key decisions to promote economic upgrading and sustainable development. He reveals how these decisions affect matters such as bureaucratic structures, the language of education, a focus on technology and innovation, and the inclusion of labor in business strategy. These shape the institutional structures that in turn create the foundation of government policy. This insightful study shows that whether the political relationships that form are beneficial, or detrimental, to economic upgrading depends critically on levels of systemic vulnerability, a combination of resource endowments, domestic conflict and external military security. Systemic Vulnerability and Sustainable Economic Growth will be warmly welcomed by academics and researchers of political science, economics – development economics particularly – and Asian studies. Policymakers will find invaluable insights in to how government bodies can successfully incorporate actors from the private sector. The book will also appeal to business leaders wishing to know why policymakers act the way they do. Buy it on Amazon.

Publication Details

Systemic Vulnerability and Sustainable Economic Growth: Skills and Upgrading in Southeast Asia
Ritchie, Bryan Keith
Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
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978 1 84844 822 3
Ritchie, Bryan Keith, Systemic Vulnerability and Sustainable Economic Growth: Skills and Upgrading in Southeast Asia (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2010).