ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Understanding East Asian Growth

of corruption in which the Muiayams and the Laloos of Indian politics have become inextricably entangled, it is equally unwise to underestimate the BJP's capacity to take advantage of the caste contradictions of Indian society and forge close (albeit politically 'need based') links with parties of the most 'depressed' castes or dalits or even adivasis in order to wrest power from parties rooted in intermediate castes. Surely this was the point that Jaffrelot tried to to make in his recent controversy in this journal with Rahul. Chapter 14 would have benefited from a more systematic application of this insight. Let me conclude this review with a few remarks on the entirely redundant theory which the author has introduced in the opening chapter of the book. In my view, this is the only blemish in an otherwise formidable work of detailed observation and acute analysis. By virtue of his French origin, the author's intellectual pedigree stretches back to Comte and Durkheim. Comte initiated a doomed project that aimed to inject science and progress (i e, positivist rationality) simultaneously into the discourse of social change. Durkheim added a new dimension of universality to Comte's philosophical vision and also introduced a methodological revolution into the empirical ORRU, Biggart and Hamilton havecollected together a series of their papers (some co- authored with others) on what they consider to be the key elements defining east Asian capitalism. The book is divided into three parts. Part I consists of three chapters on theoretical approaches to east Asian capitalism. Part II consists of six chapters on explanations for the phenomenal success of east Asian capitalism. Finally, Part III (with four chapters) compares the dynamics of capitalist growth in European and east Asian countries. On the whole, the book is well written and is a welcome addition to the rapidly expanding literalure on cast Asian growth.

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