Document Type

Conference Paper


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5.2 ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS, public administration, Organisation Theory

Publication Details

Island v Empire: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Ireland in Comparative Perspective (invitation-only conference). Taipei, Taiwan (September 2014).


Both Ireland and Taiwan are considered to have experienced “economic miracles” that, ex ante, could not have been predicted when the two countries started along the road of industrial development in the late 1940s / early 1950s through to the end of the 1960s. Taking the view that industrial development does not appear as a ready formed institution, as an essence that always-already existed, what is of interest in this paper is the work of institutionalizing or institutionalization as an on-going process. Accordingly, and through the lens of actor-network theory (ANT), the paper follows how both countries structured/organized themselves to facilitate, encourage and achieve industrial development in practice.