Changing Dimensions of Malaysian Trade: Beyond Laissez Faire and Dirigiste Approaches

Rajah, Rasiah and H. Osman, Rani and Rokiah, Alavi (2000) Changing Dimensions of Malaysian Trade: Beyond Laissez Faire and Dirigiste Approaches. International Journal of Business and Society, 1 (1). pp. 37-68. ISSN 1511-6670

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Abstract

The debate on the role of trade in the process of industrial development in developing countries has a long history. For many years developing economies were faced with the grim prospect of facing continued economic stagnation as characterized by Africa and Latin America. It gave rise to a plethora of inward-oriented prescriptions from trade pessimists who have often argued that the capacity of developing economies to grow through export-orientation is limited because of the slow growth in world demand for their exports and the tendency of the terms of trade to disfavour them (Nurkse, 1959; Prebisch, 1959, 1983; Singer, 1950; Stewart, 1976; Lewis, 1980). Such a view was echoed by the Secretary General of the United Nations Committee for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) who maintained the developing countries did not share in three decades of post-war prosperity because of the “existence of basic weaknesses in the mechanisms that link the economies of the two groups of countries” (UNCTAD, 1977: 8-9)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: industrial development, developing countries, trade, Laissez fiare, economy,unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 06:13
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 06:13
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/9229

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