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Development after Statism
Industrial Firms and the Political Economy of South Asia

Part of South Asia in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: December 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316842423

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  • How can industrial production be managed without the guidance of the state? Adnan Naseemullah discusses industrial development in a new era of drastically constricted state capacity, from the perspective of the manufacturing firm. India's manufacturing economy has been growing after state promotion has receded. How, then, does Indian manufacturing develop in this context? Naseemullah argues that Indian firms must create production structures themselves, investing in networks of capital and labor without signals from above. Depending on manufacturers' backgrounds, these relationships are based either on formal rules or through personal ties, creating a patchwork of institutions that crosscut region and sector. As a result, many firms have been able to regain some certainty for investment, but at the cost of national coherence and the possibility of broader transformation. As a mirror case, this book also explores Pakistan's industrial trajectories, in which similar dynamics suggest the broader applicability of this framework.

    • Utilizes in-depth field research in both India and Pakistan
    • Integrates both interview-based ethnographic data and quantitative analysis
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In a political economy framework, no one has probed firm-level manufacturing data in India and Pakistan more meticulously than Adnan Naseemullah. For that reason alone, let alone others, this book stands out and is worth reading.' Ashutosh Varshney, Brown University, Rhode Island

    'Deftly combining statistical with ethnographic sources, Adnan Naseemullah has given us a rare comparative view of the merging relations between government and business in India and Pakistan. Should be of interest to scholars, policymakers and commentators.' Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, New York

    'What is the institutional architecture of industrial development in the aftermath of the decline of the state-led industrial development model? Based on a careful analysis of industrialization in India and Pakistan, Adnan Naseemullah provides an original and compelling analysis that puts firms and industrialists as key governance actors shaping the institutional politics of the industrial economy in South Asia and beyond.' Devesh Kapur, University of Pennsylvania

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    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316842423
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Theoretical framework
    3. The rise and fall of India's Statist development
    4. Industrial finance after Statism in India
    5. Labor management after Statism in India
    6. Indian firms and the international economy
    7. The rise and fall of Pakistan's Statist development
    8. Industrialization after Statism in Pakistan
    9. Conclusion
    Appendix 1. Statistical models
    Appendix 2. List of interviews

  • Author

    Adnan Naseemullah, King's College London
    Adnan Naseemullah is Lecturer in International Relations and South Asia at King's College London. He received his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and has previously taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and The Johns Hopkins University, where he was Scharf Fellow in Political Economy. His research interests are in economic development, state capacity and political order, in relation to the Indian subcontinent. His work has appeared in Studies in Comparative International Development and Governance.

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