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Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.

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Book review: The Development of the Software Industry in Postreform India: Comparative Regional Experiences in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala

The Development of the Software Industry in Postreform India: Comparative Regional Experiences in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala is an illuminating attempt by Dr. Rajendra Kumar to develop a coherent analytical framework in order to document and evaluate the reasons behind three successful cases in which high-tech industries were promoted for development and economic growth. Targeted at scholars and policymakers, it is an in-depth look into the role that regional political, cultural and enabling policy environments play in hightechnology-based economic development, focusing on the software industry and information technology-enabled services (ITES) in India. The conclusions and findings of the author are a significant contribution towards understanding the different strategies and options available to developing regions in supporting the growth of this type of industry and making them competitive globally.

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