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Compressed Development: Time and Timing in Economic and Social Development

D. Hugh Whittaker, Timothy Sturgeon, Toshie Okita, and Tianbiao Zhu


This book highlights the importance of time and timing in economic and social development. ‘Compressed development’ consists of two key features and their interaction: the tendency for development processes to unfold more rapidly (compression) and the institution-shaping influences of major periods of change and growth, especially when countries become integrated into the global economy (era). Using an interdisciplinary conceptual framework of state–market and organization–technology co-evolution, the authors contrast the experiences of ‘early’ and ‘late’ developers such as the United Kingdom ... More

Keywords: Socioeconomic development, compression, geopolitical eras, technology, global value chains, thin industrialization, nonstandard employment, network organizations, social policy, policy space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744948
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198744948.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Hugh Whittaker, author
Professor in the Economy and Business of Japan, University of Oxford

Timothy Sturgeon, author
Senior Researcher, MIT

Toshie Okita, author
Research and Teaching Associate, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford

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