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The Handbook of Service Industries

Edited by John R. Bryson and Peter W. Daniels

Service activities are now acknowledged as key players in economic development, societal change and public policy worldwide. This exciting Handbook not only contributes to ongoing conceptual debates about the nature of service-led economies and societies; it also pushes back the frontiers of current critical thinking about the role of service activities in urban and regional development and the important research agendas that remain to be addressed.
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Chapter 9: Service Industries, Global City Formation and New Policy Discourses within the Asia-Pacific

T.A. Hutton


9 Service industries, global city formation and new policy discourses within the Asia-Pacific T.A. Hutton Introduction: the ascendancy of service industries The record of scholarship on service industries within the Asia-Pacific domain reflects an incipient stage of inquiry within the broader tradition of development studies in the region, and occupies a commensurately modest niche within the service industries’ research genre. This incipiency is associated in part with the recent provenance of ‘takeoff’ growth in services among many of the constituent regions and economies, as well as the persistence of intellectual attachment on the part of development scholars to the familiar ontologies of the industrialisation paradigm. The research community remains resolutely committed to studies of the ‘factory world’ of production, labour and industrial development regimes within the Asia-Pacific, together with its defining territorial and social manifestations. This enduring attachment to the workings of industrial production regimes within the Asia-Pacific is to a large extent justified, of course, in the light of the historically exceptional record of growth in manufacturing capacity over the past four decades. Manufacturing, typically fostered by assertive state development policies, has been central to the growth of every leading Asia-Pacific economy since the 1950s, a structural process which included the formation of world-scale industrial metropoles, notably Tokyo, Nagoya, Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong, among others. But there is now an exigent need to investigate emerging regional development trajectories in the Asia-Pacific which incorporate more prominent (as opposed...

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