Beyond the Developmental State: Industrial Policy into the Twenty-first Century


Moving beyond abstract economic models and superficial descriptions of the market, Beyond the Developmental State analyses the economic, political and ideological interests which underpin current socio-economic processes.

Through this approach, the contributors show the close interrelation between states and markets in both national and international contexts. Drawing on a wide range of case studies and themes, the book exposes the theoretical and empirical limitations of the developmental state paradigm, offering alternatives as well as discussing the policy implications and challenges they raise.

For scholars, students and practitioners of development, Beyond the Developmental State presents a decisive break with the old dogmas of both neoliberal orthodoxy and theories of ‘market-imperfection’, and outlines theoretically and empirically grounded alternatives.

About The Author

Ben Fine is Professor of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and Senior Research Fellow attached to the South African Research Chair in Social Change, University of Johannesburg. He is the author ofTheories of Social Capital (Pluto, 2010) and co-authored the award-winning books From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics (2009) and From Political Economy to Economics(2008).

Jyoti Saraswati teaches on the Business and Political Economy Program at the Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU). He is the author of Dot.compradors: Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry(Pluto, 2012).

Daniela Tavasci holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She studied at Bologna University and at Flacso in Buenos Aires. Daniela worked in the financial sector for seven years. Currently, she lectures at the School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London.

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