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Nicole Biggart, Mauro Guillén

Developing Difference: Social. Organization and the Rise of the Auto Industries of South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, and Argentina

2006. Vol. 7. No. 2. P. 23–55 [issue contents]

All various theories of economic development  (theory of modernization, interdependence, micro-systemic analysis and the theory of market reforms) suggest a core factor as the key. The followers of each of these theories claim that the countries’ development has an obstacle for their economic growth. We state that economic development does not depend on only one key factor and does not have the only one way for growth on the contrary there are several successful trajectories.  Economic growth depends on how successful the country is in connecting  its historical models of social organization with the world market possibilities. This paper is devoted to the sociological theory cross-countries comparative advantages, which takes into account not only the influence of the economic factors but  institutional models of power relations. Such models legitimize the actors and specific relations between them, and in some spheres this counts for the successful development and in other spheres it does not. The given approach is supported by the comparative analysis of rather difficult processes of automobile industry development in South Korea, Taiwan, Spain and Argentina.  

Citation: Biggart Nicole , Guillén Mauro (2006) Vyyavlenie razlichiy: sotsial'naya organizatsiya i formirovanie avtomobil'nykh proizvodstv v Yuzhnoy Koree, Tayvane, Ispanii i Argentine [Developing Difference: Social. Organization and the Rise of the Auto Industries of South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, and Argentina] Economic Sociology, 2, pp. 23-55 (in Russian)
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