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State-firm coordination and upgrading in Spain's and Korea's ICT industries

Calvo, Angela Garcia (2021) State-firm coordination and upgrading in Spain's and Korea's ICT industries. New Political Economy, 26 (1). 119 - 137. ISSN 1356-3467

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13563467.2019.1708882


Generating sustainable growth and reaching advanced economy status depend on the ability of countries to host local, globally competitive firms in skill-, capital-, and knowledge-intensive industries. However, few countries succeed. This paper asks whether state activism is necessary to foster economic transformation at high levels of complexity in the globalisation era, and if so, what strategies are effective. Using evidence from Spain's and Korea's ICT industries since the 1980s, the paper argues that state-firm coordination remains necessary to reach the efficiency frontier in complex industries. However, coordination has shifted from hierarchical structures to nonhierarchical models in which states and firms develop mutually agreed-upon working rules to reach beneficial outcomes. Nonhierarchical coordination may involve adopting different institutional configurations, depending on the identities and capabilities of firms and national governments and on the nature of linkages with other nations. These linkages may lead to alternative pathways to upgrading and diverse productive specialisations.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 08:42
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:42

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