Gao Bai took the idea and ideology as the possible origin of the developmental state. The Japanese developmentalism includes the following principles: 1) the economy and profit are shaped by political strategies. 2) competition should be constrained in some extent for that strategies. 3) reject the profit as the code of management. After all, the Japanese developmentalism imply that the economy is manageable institution.
Its not so different between Chalmers Johnson's book and Gao Bai's book despite Gao took some new concepts of fashionable economic sociology. The latter linked the Japanese experience with the ideas of Karl Polanyi and Joseph Schumpeter.
Although I agree with Gao for most of his arguments stood by the anti-neoclassical aspect, I am not so sure about the priority of the developmental ideology. My personal idea about the emerging of the developmental state is the "crisis-driven" pattern: the institutional change resulted from the economic crisis such as the Great Depression and the World War II. So did Korean and Taiwanese developmental state. "War-depression-state reaction" is a pragmatic process for the political elites, who can forge themselves with any kind of ideology that looks like a saving boat....Continua