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Locating Neoliberalism in East Asia: Neoliberalizing Spaces in Developmental States

Bae-Gyoon Park (Editor), Richard Child Hill (Editor), Asato Saito (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-4663-3
332 pages
January 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Locating Neoliberalism in East Asia: Neoliberalizing Spaces in Developmental States examines the influence of neo-liberal ideologies on urban and regional policies and practices in several Asian Pacific nations.
  • Represents one of the few studies of neoliberal changes in East Asia, one of the most important topics in social science research over the past two decades
  • Considers the Asian perspective by focusing on readings from Asian experts
  • Pays special attention to the ‘spatial' dimension of the East Asian neoliberalization
  • Examines the influence of neo-liberal ideologies on urban and regional policies and practices in several Asian Pacific nations
  • Explores the evolving relationship between the two political economies


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List of Contributors vii

Series Editors’ Preface x

1 Introduction: Locating Neoliberalism in East Asia 1
Richard Child Hill, Bae-Gyoon Park, and Asato Saito

2 Industry Clusters and Transnational Networks: Japan’s New Directions in Regional Policy 27
Kuniko Fujita and Richard Child Hill

3 State-Space Relations in Transition: Urban and Regional Policy in Japan 59
Asato Saito

4 Developmental Neoliberalism and Hybridity of the Urban Policy of South Korea 86
Byung-Doo Choi

5 Spatially Selective Liberalization in South Korea and Malaysia: Neoliberalization in Asian Developmental States 114
Bae-Gyoon Park and Josh Lepawsky

6 Clusters as a Policy Panacea? Critical Reflections on the Cluster Policies of South Korea 148
Yong-Sook Lee

7 Moving toward Neoliberalization? The Restructuring of the Developmental State and Spatial Planning in Taiwan 167
Chia-Huang Wang

8 Neoliberalism, the Developmental State, and Housing Policy in Taiwan 196
Yi-Ling Chen and William Derhsing Li

9 Reforming Health: Contrasting Trajectories of Neoliberal Restructuring in the City-States 225
Stephen W.K. Chiu, K.C. Ho, and Tai-lok Lui

10 “Detroit of the East”: A Multiscalar Case Study of Regional Development Policy in Thailand 257
Richard Child Hill and Kuniko Fujita

11 Concluding Remarks 294
Bae-Gyoon Park and Asato Saito

Index 303

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Bae-Gyoon Park is an Associate Professor of Geography the College of Education at Seoul National University in Korea. Park has recently published papers in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Political Geography, Economic Geography and Critical Asian Studies.

Richard Child Hill is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Hill's published writings include Japanese Cities in the World Economy ( 1993), Nested Cities: The State and Urban Development in East Asia (2003), and Innovative Tokyo (2005), all co-authored with Kuniko Fujita.

Asato Saito is Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Policy and Administration at Hosei University. He is currently involved in studies comparing the governance arrangement at metropolitan and regional scale in four world cities: London, New York, Paris and Tokyo; and one investigating New Regionalism and Smart Growth in US cities.

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“However, this book has put on the agenda an important question about the recent fate of the developmental state and provided some thorough case studies, and perhaps it will inspire other scholars to take up this question.”  (American Journal of Sociology, 1 September 2013)

“It will surely find its way onto the reading lists of Master’s level courses both in social science and East Asian studies departments, as well as forming invaluable reading for researchers and commentators more broadly.”  (International Journal of Housing Policy, 20 June 2013)


"The editors' choice of locating neoliberalism at the urban and regional scales of analysis provides an extremely welcome and refreshing correction to the dominant and now dated view of state-driven national development in East Asia. Written by leading experts in urban and regional developments, I am sure this book will have an enduring influence on the social scientific understanding of economic and social change in East Asia."
Henry Yeung, National University of Singapore

"A strong collection of essays that will make a valuable contribution to literature on East Asian development, state theory, and geographies of uneven development. The geographical perspectives that the authors provide clarify the ways in which neoliberalization, as promoted by developmental states, has been highly uneven and incomplete in socio-spatial terms."
Jim Glassman, University of British Columbia

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