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Competition and the World Economy

Comparing Industrial Development Policies in the Developing and Transition Economies

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 25th Nov 1999
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm d 1270mm
Weight: 896g
ISBN-10: 1840641924
ISBN-13: 9781840641929
Barcode No: 9781840641929
Globalisation has had a major impact on manufacturing competitiveness and industrial development in transitional and developing economies. This up-to-date book critically examines the experience of a wide range of countries, focusing on the policy challenges they face in the new global economy. The rising demand for manufactured goods is causing increased pressure on developing and transitional countries to introduce policies aimed at enhancing productivity, mobilising resources, building capabilities and changing internal structures. Yet policymakers face difficult trade-offs between allocative efficiency and sustainable development. This book begins by looking at key policy issues in manufacturing including international best practices, policy convergence and policy benchmarking. The discussion then moves on to discuss the measurement of manufacturing competitiveness and the policies necessary for companies to compete successfully in the new global economy. The policy recommendations are underpinned through a wide range of case studies from different regions and countries. The book offers policymakers, scholars and researchers a unique perspective, and serves as a comprehensive guide for formulating policies vital for national industrial development and integration into the world economy. It will help those concerned with policy formulation in developing and transitional countries take informed decisions and better cope with the challenges and opportunities of the global economy.

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`The book is very useful to the policymakers and researchers in the area of policy studies. The analytical presentation of policy in the context of development, with a parameter for inter-country comparison, makes it a very important book, especially in the present context of globalization and the associated structural changes taking place worldover.' -- N. Mrinalini, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research `This book is a remarkable contribution to the debate on the worldwide crisis of structural adjustment.' -- from the preface by Christopher Freeman, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK and Maastricht University, The Netherlands