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Special Issue- Alice H. Amsden (Volume 7, Issue 1)

Industrial and Innovation Policy, and Economic Development: Essays in Honour of Alice H. Amsden

Editors: Rajah Rasiah, Ajit Singh and Dieter Ernst

Alice Amsden was one of a rare group of scholars who made outstanding contributions to our understanding of industrial policy articulating its dynamics using detailed empirical information of interventions by the state to show how it formed the basis of rapid economic development of Korea and Taiwan. Following her doctorate from the London School of Economics she first joined Harvard University as an assistant professor, leaving subsequently for New School (Boston) before she was appointed as professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Brave and honestly blunt, she became a powerful champion of industrial policy easily withstanding attacks by her critics. Sharing the coordinates of rapid economic growth and technical change of Allyn Young, Schumpeter, Veblen, Gershenkron and Abramovitz she focused on the division of labour as equally important in driving technological catch up and economic synergies.

Among the best cited publications of Alice Amsden include: Asia’s Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization, 1989, New York: Oxford University Press, The Market Meets its Match: Restructuring the Economies of Eastern Europe (with Jacek Kochanowicz and Lance Taylor), 1994, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, The Rise of the Rest: Challenges to the West from Late Industrializing Economies, 2001, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Beyond Late Development: Taiwan’s Upgrading Policies (with Chu Wan-Wen), 2003, Cambridge MIT Press, Escape from Empire: The Developing World’s Journey through Heaven and Hell, 2007, Cambridge: MIT Press. In all her publications, Alice Amsden steadfastly held view that ‘getting relative prices wrong’ was essential to steering rapid economic growth in latecomers to build national innovation capabilities.

Alice Amsden, a scholar with such outstanding qualities of mind and character, will be greatly missed by her scholarly fraternity. Hence, the editorial board of Institutions and Economies overwhelmingly decided to publish a special issue on Industrial and Innovation Policy, and Economic Development to honour her. Given her crusade to convince the world that industrial policy is central to propelling economic growth and technical change the special issue is targeted at unfolding the dynamics of industrial policy, and growth and structural change.  

We welcome papers in the following six areas:

1.    Theoretical and conceptual issues related to latecomer  development

2.    Theoretical and empirical discussion on technological 
       catch up by latecomers

3.    Successful industrial and innovation policies and
       economic growth experiences

4.    Comparisons of the role of the state in supporting
       industrial and innovation policies

5.    Firm-level experiences of institutions supporting
       technological catch up

6.    The challenge of national industrial and innovation
       policies in a globalizing world economy

Special Issue  - (Volume 7, Issue 3)

Poverty Eradication and Rural Development: Essays in Honour of Ungku Aziz

Editors Rajah Rasiah, Norma Mansor and VGR Chandran

It has been a pleasure and an honor for us to serve as the editors of this special issue to honor the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz.  Ungku Aziz, Malaysia’s first royal professor, had contributed immensely to the University of Malaya ( UM ) during his tenure of almost  20 years, first serving  as an economics professor and subsequently as the  Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Professor Ungku Aziz has enormously contributed to the fields of rural poverty, labour productivity and development studies as a whole. Researchers and scholars passionate these fields would browse through the work of Ungku Aziz with great gratitude. Among Ungku Aziz’s highly cited publications are: Subdivision of Estates in Malaya, 1951-1960 (1962), Poverty and rural development in Malaysia (1964) and Strategies for Structural Adjustment: The Experience of Southeast Asia (1990).

Ungku Aziz has researched and identified the root causes of Malaysian rural poverty and attributes low productivity, discrimination and institutional obstacles as the reasons. Ungku Aziz also sees the exploitative marketing mechanism, limited access to technology and infrastructure and the vicious cycle of debt as the means of why certain states lack behind others in Malaysia.

He was not only actively involved in recommending solutions but also directly involved in the creation of meso institutions to overcome rural poverty. Among others is the encouragement of rural cooperative and development. He has strongly backed the Malaysian co-operative movement. He served as the President of ANGKASA, the National Co-operative Organisation of Malaysia, that acts as the apex body for Malaysian cooperatives. It aims to educate the public on the benefits of cooperatives.   Extolling the virtues of co-operative, Ungku Aziz was instrumental in the establishment of Lembaga Urusan dan Tabung Haji (LUTH). LUTH   was mooted to provide a savings institution for potential Haj pilgrims, as well as an investment vehicle based on Islamic principles.

To honour his enormous contributions to the development of education and the co-operative movement in Malaysia, the editorial board of Institutions and Economies has decided to publish a special issue on Poverty eradication and rural development.

We welcome papers in the following areas:

  1. Poverty alleviation and rural Development
  2. Institutional role in rural development




Last update: 17 March 2017