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Title: The other way round : manufacturing as an extension of services in small island states
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: States, Small
Manufacturing industries
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (1998). The other way round: manufacturing as an extension of services in small island states. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 39(3), 267-279.
Abstract: Try valiantly though they might, small (often island) territories cannot possibly follow the hard-and-fast logic of industrialisation marked out for them by larger economies. Instead, they have worked out for themselves an alternative resort to manufacturing industry; they have done so on the basis of a pragmatism in part derived from the handicaps imposed by the architecture of global capitalism and colonialism. This 'hands on' approach involves: (1) the exploitation of the rentier status of a microstate as a base or platform for 'merchandise'; (2) the provision of goods (apart from services) for privileged export purposes, particularly aimed at captured markets (such as tourists and small state diasporas); (3) the expansion into small, knowledge-based industries; and (4) the parallel preservation of part-time small scale, cottage industry, often in relation to self employment. In all four cases, the common denominator and main argument proposed is that manufacturing in micro-states is best seen as an extension of services, rather than the other way round as is generally proposed.
Description: An earlier version of this article was presented at the VIIIth Pacific Science Inter-Congress held at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji in July 1997.
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