The Developmental State (DS) – a contrastive and contested concept


In this seminar we turn our attention to the Developmental State and how - as concept and empirical case – it has advanced theoretical and policy concerns about economic development. We begin by examining the historical context in which the Developmental State concept emerged and how it deviated from the dominant economic orthodoxy of the day. We then examine the constitutive features of the developmental state before addressing some of the controversies to which its analysis has given rise.  

This talk will focus on three aspects of the debate:

  • DS as contrastive concept (Johnson’s seminal work on Japan and its historical context).
  • How it differs from other states: constitutive features of the Developmental State.
  • Whether it has outlived its usefulness: DS evolution or demise? (briefly).


Linda Weiss is Professor Emeritus in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Honorary Professor of Political Science at Aarhus University. She has lectured widely in North America, Europe, and East Asia and has held visiting research appointments at UCLA, Cornell, the LSE, the European University Institute, University of Rome (La Sapienza), Stockholm School of Economics, Academia Sinica, Seoul National University, the Kyungnam Institute for Far Eastern Studies (Seoul), and the Academia Sinica. She currently serves on the editorial boards of several international journals.

Her specialism is the comparative and international politics of economic development, with a focus on state capacity and public-private sector relations. Several of her publications on the topics of globalisation and state power, developmental states, and trade politics have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Korean, Romanian, Turkish and Chinese. Her forthcoming book, 'Hybrid State, Hybrid Capitalism', shifts the focus of earlier work from Europe and East Asia to the United States. This project on the political economy of national security focuses on the links between security, technology, and political culture. The study has been six years in the making and is her largest to date.

Capitalisme, Développement, Economie, Economie politique, État et politiques publiques, Institutions, Socio-économie Amérique du Nord, Asie orientale

Informations pratiques

  • Lundi 2 mai 2016 - 18:00 - 20:00
  • EHESS (salle 638) - 190-198, avenue de France 75013 Paris.