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Catching Up

The Limits of Rapid Economic Development

By Vladislav L. Inozemtsev

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Format: Paperback, 189 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 August 2004
Disparities between the economic development of nations have widened throughout the twentieth century, and they show no sign of closing. In the nineteenth century, the economic potential of developed countries was three times that of the rest of the world. Today the gap is twenty times greater, and the trend is increasing. In this provocative reexamination of theories of accelerated development, or "catching up," Vladislav Inozemtsev traces the evolution of thinking about how countries lagging behind can most swiftly move forward, and assesses their prospects for success in this effort. Inozemstev reviews the experience of the Soviet Union, as well as the recent experience of Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. He finds that those countries that have moved forward most rapidly have successfully adapted new technology to old processes. But even then, they face daunting odds, as they grapple with the need to change their population's ideas and behavior. And in the 1990s, their rates of development have noticeably declined. "Catching Up" assesses prospects for successful application of theories of accelerated development in the global economy. Inozemtsev's pessimistic conclusion is that rapid industrial progress is not achievable in the information society of the twenty-first century. Inozemtsev reaches this conclusion after reviewing theories of accelerated development thinking from the diverse viewpoints of the 1940s and 1950s, to the more intensive ideological polarization of the 1960s. Inozemtsev believes it will be impossible for non-Western nations to "catch up" with the West because of their inability to generate or control information and knowledge.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the American Edition 1. The Concept of "Catching Up" Development in the Twentieth Century 2. Post-Industrial Trends and Prerequisites for the Crisis of the "Catching Up" Development Model 3. Internal Contradictions of the "Catching Up" Development Model 4. The Japanese Economic Miracle: A Manifest Success or a Strategic Setback? 5. Southeast Asia: From Boom to Crisis 6. China: Sharing the Fate of the Others or Going Its Distinctive Way? 7. Russia: Pipe Dreams and Realistic Objectives Index

About the Author

Vladislav L. Inozemtsev is professor of economics at Moscow State University and director of the Moscow-based Centre for Post-Industrial Research. He is author of The Constitution of Post Economic State and One World Divided.

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"Inozemtsev provides an intriguing look at the prospects for development in the industrializing countries....Some of Inozemtsev's ideas will be controversial, to say the least, but he succeeds in raising interesting questions concerning why development is uneven and, in some cases, apparently unsustainable. Recommended." -Inozemtsev provides an intriguing look at the prospects for development in the industrializing countries... Some of Inozemtsev's ideas will be controversial, to say the least, but he succeeds in raising interesting questions concerning why development is uneven and, in some cases, apparently unsustainable. Recommended.- --Choice -Inozemtsev's pessimistic conclusion is that rapid industrial progress is not achievable in the information society of the twenty-first century. He believes it will be impossible for non-Western nations to -catch up- with the West because of their inability to generate or control information and knowledge. In Catching Up, he provides a rational explanation of why the -catching up- development doctrine... which, in various forms, has become on of the outgoing century's most popular social theories... no longer makes scientific and practical sense as we are approaching a new landmark in human history and ought, therefore, to be abandoned by Russia and the world at large. It is a provocative and thoughtful reexamination of theories of accelerated development... that traces the evolution of thinking about how countries lagging behind can most swiftly move forward, and assess their prospects for success in this effort.- --SirReadaLot.org "Inozemtsev provides an intriguing look at the prospects for development in the industrializing countries... Some of Inozemtsev's ideas will be controversial, to say the least, but he succeeds in raising interesting questions concerning why development is uneven and, in some cases, apparently unsustainable. Recommended." --Choice "Inozemtsev's pessimistic conclusion is that rapid industrial progress is not achievable in the information society of the twenty-first century. He believes it will be impossible for non-Western nations to "catch up" with the West because of their inability to generate or control information and knowledge. In Catching Up, he provides a rational explanation of why the "catching up" development doctrine... which, in various forms, has become on of the outgoing century's most popular social theories... no longer makes scientific and practical sense as we are approaching a new landmark in human history and ought, therefore, to be abandoned by Russia and the world at large. It is a provocative and thoughtful reexamination of theories of accelerated development... that traces the evolution of thinking about how countries lagging behind can most swiftly move forward, and assess their prospects for success in this effort." --SirReadaLot.org "Inozemtsev provides an intriguing look at the prospects for development in the industrializing countries... Some of Inozemtsev's ideas will be controversial, to say the least, but he succeeds in raising interesting questions concerning why development is uneven and, in some cases, apparently unsustainable. Recommended." "--Choice" "Inozemtsev's pessimistic conclusion is that rapid industrial progress is not achievable in the information society of the twenty-first century. He believes it will be impossible for non-Western nations to "catch up" with the West because of their inability to generate or control information and knowledge. In "Catching Up," he provides a rational explanation of why the "catching up" development doctrine... which, in various forms, has become on of the outgoing century's most popular social theories... no longer makes scientific and practical sense as we are approaching a new landmark in human history and ought, therefore, to be abandoned by Russia and the world at large. It is a provocative and thoughtful reexamination of theories of accelerated development... that traces the evolution of thinking about how countries lagging behind can most swiftly move forward, and assess their prospects for success in this effort." --SirReadaLot.org

EAN: 9780765808417
ISBN: 0765808412
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Dimensions: 23.16 x 16.15 x 1.32 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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