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Industrial culture & industrialization

  1. 1. Industrial Culture and Industrialization Prof. Jorge V. Sibal< > March 2004
  2. 2. Industrialization and Culture Industrialization is the common aspiration of all less developed and developing countries. It is the process of introducing new technologies and cultures in order to transform the nation’s economy and productive capacity.
  3. 3. Role of EntrepreneurialIndustrializing Groups Economic development does not happen spontaneously or by luck. It is actually planned and executed (or ‘engineered”) by a coalition of entrepreneurial industrializing groups.
  4. 4. Model of IndustrializationEconomic Factors>technological level>known naturalresources>skills of knowledgeworkers>population growthcharacteristics Actors- Coalition of>capacity to Industrializing Groupsaccumulate capital IndustrialistsIndustrial Culture>nationalism /patriotism State Bureau- Social-Cultural Industrial>religious ethics crats/Political Leaders/Civil Revolution>family system Leaders Society &>community norms, Industria-customs & traditions Strategic Industrial Plan lization>education, science Mechanism for& technology norms Implementing Industrial Plan -state supportPolitical Factors - cultural>system of transformationgovernance>laws, rules &regulations>industrializing elites>civil societyorganizations &institutions
  5. 5. The Actors of Industrialization1. Industrialists, entrepreneurs and other knowledge workers united by nationalism and patriotism from among the leaders of capitalist middle class, socialist intellectuals, landed dynastics (realists) and foreign settlers and naturalized Filipinos and their descendants like those of the Chinese, American and Spanish origins.
  6. 6. The Actors of Industrialization2. State bureaucrats, technocrats and political leaders with patriotic and nationalist ideals3. Civil society leaders and other progressive social-cultural organization leaders like religious, civic leaders, educators, researchers, entertainers, media personalities and other labor/NGO/ pressure group leaders.
  7. 7. Vital Step in the Transformation The coalition of industrializing groups should dominate or occupy strategic positions in the country’s economic enterprises, political and socio-cultural institutions to be able to formulate and implement a national industrialization plan that will be supported actively by state and civil society institutions.
  8. 8. Many Forms of Industrialzation In 1960, Harvard University writers Clark Kerr, John T. Dunlop, Frederick H. Harbison and Charles A. Myers (KDHM) noted that industrialization in many forms, and not only capitalism and communism, is “stalking the earth, transforming almost all features of older and traditional societies”
  9. 9. Nationalism as the Real Force“We began to develop in particular, a sense of importance of nationalism as a very real force at this stage in the history of the world. We also developed a sense of the decline of the importance of competing ideologies. More and more, the questions are technical as well as philosophical … technicians are taking their place along with theorists” (KDHM)
  10. 10. Roles of IndustrializingActors Industrialists, entrepreneurs and other knowledge workers in the private, public and NGO sectors study and apply new technologies and industrial culture. They exercise leadership in the technical society and transform the skills, values, norms and responsibilities of the workforce.
  11. 11. Role of Industrialists &Knowledge Workers “We may have a productive and educated labor force, but we do not have an effective entrepreneurial class who are the main drivers of growth in any country. Who else will create jobs after all? …. If this continues, we will be a country that creates nothing and imports everything”. John Gokongwei Jr.
  12. 12. Role of Government The state bureaucrats, technocrats and political leaders provide the national industrialization plan and programs to speed up industrialization. “Modern industrialization does not see the withering away of the state and its bureaucracy, rather the role of government agencies is expanded and enhanced” (KDHM).
  13. 13. Role of Government Contrary to the World Bank-IMF and WTO prescriptions, KDHM noted that the “role of government in countries entering upon industrialization, regardless of political form, may be expected to be greater than before… It is extremely unlikely that latecomers can carry out such development without relying very heavily on public operations”.
  14. 14. Role of Labor & Civil Society Civil society and labor leaders, whose traditional role is to watch over the excesses of the state and private sectors, have a very important role in the industrialization process, particularly in cultural transformation. (Alternatives to Globalization 2002).
  15. 15. Role of Labor & Civil Society Civil society sees global corporation as strong threats to peoples’ democracies, self reliant economies and national cultures. Global corporations have no loyalty to nations, communities or persons. Thus, local citizens’ movements align themselves with domestic enterprises which are more accountable to their stakeholders.
  16. 16. Role of Labor & Civil Society The new labor movement is transforming itself into social movement unionism as an active component of the civil society. "The protests of the world labor movement today are more in favor of industrialization than against it. In Israel, Ghana and Yugoslavia, labor organizations seek to assist the industrialization process". (KDHM)
  17. 17. The Need for Culture Change Alejandro Lichauco noted that there are powerful anti-industrialization elements that has aborted and retarded Philippine industrialization. To counter such moves, industrialists, government and civil society groups- schools, civic organizations, media, & even the church should launch a cultural revolution in support of national industrialization.
  18. 18. Types of industrializing groups The types of industrializing groups who may introduce new technologies and culture needed for the industrialization process are- middle class (capitalists), dynastic leaders, revolutionary intellectuals (socialists), colonial administrators and nationalist leaders.
  19. 19. Types of industrializing groups Middle class leaders are professionals (“schooled”), merchandizers (money handlers) and master craftsmen in origin. These leaders are the industrializing groups of England and United States of America, often believers of free enterprise doctrine of Adam Smith
  20. 20. Types of industrializing groups Dynastic leaders are the most conservative among the industrializing groups. They are rooted from the landlord class. The dynastic leaders are engineers of modern agriculture - from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture and trading.
  21. 21. Types of industrializing groups The dynastic leaders are of two categories - the decadents who often gain or lose their power forcefully by war or revolution, or the realists who adjust to the changing environments slowly just like the zaibatus (Meiji Shogunate) of Japan.
  22. 22. Types of industrializing groups The revolutionary intellectuals are also professionals (“educated”) but unlike the middle class groups who are believers of capitalism, they are Marxists or socialists. The revolutionary intellectuals are the industrializing groups of the Soviet Union and China.
  23. 23. Types of industrializing groups The last two industrializing elites, the colonial administrators and the nationalist leaders are extensions of the first three groups- the dynastic, capitalist middle class and socialist intellectuals.
  24. 24. Types of industrializing groups If any of the 3 industrializing elites expand outside of their country, they become colonial administrators (“alien or imperialists”) and those local elites who oppose them are called nationalist leaders.
  25. 25. Types of industrializing groups Colonial administrators are of two categories - the settler and non-settler type. The settler type are those who adopt and settle permanently in the country where they operate and hence contribute to the industrialization of their adopted country. In the Philippines, the insulares and the immigrant Chinese are examples of the settler type.
  26. 26. Types of industrializing groups The nationalist leaders are those who oppose the colonial administrators. As mentioned earlier, they originate from the dynastic, middle class and revolutionary intellectuals.
  27. 27. Types of elites and theirphilosophies at present TYPE - Dynastic, Landlord type (Traditional Politician) ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY -Mercantilism / Protectionist (Crony) Capitalism STRATEGIES - “Rentier” / State Sector led
  28. 28. Types of groups and theirphilosophies>TYPE - Traditional Middle Classneo-liberal>ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY -Private Sector led>STRATEGIES - Private Capitalistled / weak state
  29. 29. Types of industrializing groupsand their philosophies TYPE – Nationalist Middle Class ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY - Private Sector led but with State Planning & Intervention STRATEGIES -Mixed Economics but Private Sector led
  30. 30. Types of groups and theirphilosophies TYPE – Traditional Socialist/ Revolutionary Intellectual ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY- Socialist/State Enterprise led STRATEGIES - State Initiative and State Monopoly
  31. 31. Types of groups and theirphilosophies >TYPE – Market Socialist >ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY- Mixed Economics- State, Non-State (Private) & NGO Enterprises >STRATEGIES - Mixed Economics but State Sector led
  32. 32. Types of groups and theirphilosophies TYPE – Colonial Administrators / Neo-Liberal Middle Class ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY- Free Enterprise / Private Sector led STRATEGIES - Private Capitalist led / Weak State
  33. 33. Struggle forIndustrialization The struggle for industrialization is engineered by a coalition of industrializing groups aspiring for independence, democracy & nationalism. These nationalist industrializing groups aspire to adapt the original philosophies and development strategies of the developed countries.
  34. 34. Causes of Failed EconomicGrowth The enemies of industrialization movements of developing countries are the anti-industrialization forces composed colonial administrators and their local neo-liberal allies. They misguide the governments of developing nations by recommending or imposing free trade and liberalized economic policies that they themselves did not utilize.
  35. 35. Causes of Failed EconomicGrowth Ha-Joon Chang (2002) calls this anti- industrialization strategy “kicking away the ladder”. Despite this opposition, KDHM predicted that the industrializing groups of a newer system are bound to win over the leaders of an older system. Hence the ultimate triumph of the industrializing forces.
  36. 36. Industrialization in theGlobal Era The anti-industrialization forces propagated the myth of only two models of industrialization to choose from- the capitalist and the socialist models. But both models in reality propagated monopoly-dominated "free trade".
  37. 37. Causes of Failed EconomicGrowth Both neo-liberal capitalist and socialist industrialization strategies were strategies of “kicking away the ladder”. The Asian NICs (South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia) defied some WB-IMF conditions & insisted on nationalist development strategies in advancing their industrial development. China under the USSR failed to industrialize, calling USSR a social imperialist.
  38. 38. Cultural Transformation &Industrialization Culture either speeds up or retards industrialization. Developing countries have segmented societies with wide class and culture gaps. The traditional dominant culture is reactive to the newer industrialization process and its industrial culture. To induce industrialization, the preexisting culture must adopt or be broken as industrialization proceeds.
  39. 39. Cultural Transformation &Industrialization Industrialization modifies or destroys traditional cultures. As the industrializing groups adopt modern technologies in the economy via industrial revolution, a cultural transformation must be launched even ahead of the industrialization movement. This is a basic principle in organization development and development economics.
  40. 40. Are there signs that we can werecover Cultural institutions like Churches, family system, mass media and entertainment, and community-based social institutions are mechanisms that facilitate the process of changing economies and societies. With the economy and speed of modern communication and transportation systems, ideas and cultural institutions are fast being modified.
  41. 41. Characteristics of IndustrialCulture1. Nuclear family system that accentuate individual incentives to work, save and invest.2. Open social structure that encourages equality of treatment and advancement on the basis of ability.3. Religious and ethical values favorable to economic gain and growth, innovation and scientific change.
  42. 42. Characteristics of IndustrialCulture4. Legal system that encourage economic growth through protection of property rights from arbitrary or capricious rule.5. Strong central governmental organization and the sense of being a nation which can play a decisive role in economic development.
  43. 43. Deterrents to Industrial Culture1. Extended family system that weakens industrial incentives to work, save and invest, and reserves managerial positions for family members regardless of competence of insiders and outsiders.2. Class structure based on traditional social status rather than an economic performance.
  44. 44. Deterrents to Industrial Culture3. Traditional religious and ethical values which oppose change and innovation, particularly in science and technology.4. Traditional customs and social norms that deny individual and property rights and fail to honor contracts.5. Decisive groups in society which hinder or prevent a strong nation-state.
  45. 45. Religion and Family Ties The protestant ethics in the West, particularly US, Britain and Scandinavia, have helped speed up industrialization through the promotion of the values of thrift, austerity and capital accumulation. This is also true in Confucian ethics in Asia. In Japan, culture and religion were preserved as modern technologies were being adopted.
  46. 46. Extended family system An extended family system prevalent in underdeveloped economies may also give advantages to industrialization where resources for capital formation are pooled, and it serves a cheap source of family labor. In underdeveloped countries, family workers normally work as unpaid family workers.
  47. 47. Principles of Industrial Culture Nationalism and Patriotism Desire for a Sovereign and Independent Nation Acceptance of Modern Sciences and Technologies Unity of industrializing actors- industrialists, state bureaucrats and social-cultural leaders.
  48. 48. The Philippine Experience While the Philippines is considered an economic sluggard in Asia, it was the second fastest growing economy in Asia in 1950s, next to Japan. One of the major factors for this fast economic growth was the nationalist industrial culture that prevailed among the Filipino industrializing groups.
  49. 49. Import Substitution Strategy The Philippines adopted a strategy of import substitution industrialization (ISI) as an option to the failed free trade strategies imposed for several decades by colonial powers Spain and the United States of America.
  50. 50. Nationalism& Industrialization Strategy Frank Golay explained the “rise of the Filipino industrial class, with its entrepreneurial values” as one of the four sources of growth in the post-war period. The three others were- a) economic policy of import substitution, b) foreign inflow of capital mostly from war damage payments, and c) the development of the domestic market.
  51. 51. Nationalism& Industrialization StrategyThe country produced captains of industry like Salvador Araneta and Hilarion M. Henares, Jr., the ideologues of the industrialization, Filemon Rodriguez, Col. Severo Santiago, Meneleo Carlos, Sr., Pablo Silva, Jose Concecion, Sr. , Jose Marcelo, Jacinto families, and numerous others who pushed for industrialization and ‘Filipino First’ Policy”.
  52. 52. Kicking Away the Ladder,Philippine Experience Import Substitution Industrialization (ISI) strategy was the successful first step in the industrialization of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and other Asian NICs. In the Philippines however, the strategy was derailed by the anti-industrialization forces of the United States and its neo- liberal local allies.
  53. 53. Senator Claro M. RectosExplanation “American anti-industrialization policy was rationalized (way ahead of the ISI policy) sometime in 1945 or early 1946. The Bell Trade Act, approved and passed in April 1946, was inconsistent with the ideas of industrialization of the Philippines. Ambassador Cowen openly advised our government and people to (remain) an agricultural and commercial economy."
  54. 54. Causes of ISI Failure1. Most of the beneficiaries of the ISI programs were US firms (3 out of 4 companies set up in 1950s were foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures).2. Their investments were in tertiary processing and in capital intensive processes that were subsidized and protected by the state.
  55. 55. Causes of ISI Failure3. There were limited forward and backward linkaging and these ISI industries managed to control the local market via industry cartels or oligopolies and monopolies. They did not expand to the export market for more efficiency, economies of scale and competitiveness.
  56. 56. Causes of ISI Failure4. Colonial mentality led to wasteful spending. Foreign cultures created new needs, attitudes and values that developed costly tastes among the rich and the upper class that favored the purchase of imported goods. Many foreign & local firms practiced transfer pricing and patronized foreign suppliers instead of local producers.
  57. 57. Causes of ISI Failure5. There was no genuine land reform program to increase the incomes of the rural population and expand the local market to encourage industrialization.6. The ISI strategy institutionalized patronage politics and crony capitalism that preserved the dominance of the local dynastic elites and the neo-liberal technocrats in the political system.
  58. 58. Completion in Kicking theLadder With the BOP deficits, the government was forced to go to the IMF and adopted the policies of opening up the economy through peso devaluation and attracting foreign investments and export-oriented production. The government was reinforced with neo-liberal minded technocrats. The process of kicking the ladder was almost completed.
  59. 59. An experimental export-oriented strategy The ISI strategy failed because it was derailed by anti-industrialization forces. Instead of clearing the obstacles to the ISI strategies for industrialization, it was completely abandoned in exchange of an experimental export-oriented strategy that brought the economy back to the free trade colonial past.
  60. 60. The Failure of the Experiment After several decades of globalization and trade liberalization, studies now show that “people in the high income countries account for 20% of world population but posses 90% of the GDP in the world. On the other hand, poorest people, which account for the lower 20% of world population, posses only 1% of GDP in the world” (ILO Director General Juan Somavia 1999, Takagi 2004)
  61. 61. Maneuvers ofSuccessful Asian NICs There were successful industrialization programs in Asia even under the aegis of the IMF-World Bank and WTO. Under the banner of patriotism or nationalism, industrialization programs were undertaken by the industrializing groups as a joint responsibility of the government, private and to a certain extent the labor sector.
  62. 62. Maneuvers ofSuccessful Asian NICs The spectacular growth of Japan was primarily due to activist industrial trade and technology policies of the state. With the absence of entrepreneurial class, the Meiji government established state factories in shipbuilding, mining, textiles (cotton, wool and silk), and military industries. These factories were later sold to private enterprises.
  63. 63. Maneuvers ofSuccessful Asian NICs Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia did the opposite of what the IMF prescribed. They first developed the ability to take care of their basic needs internally, rather than totally converting to an export-based production system”. (Alternatives to Globalization 2002).
  64. 64. Maneuvers ofSuccessful Asian NICs South Korea in 1960s pursued state initiated mobilization, similar to those done in socialist countries, aimed at nurturing high standards of work ethics and cooperative attitudes among workers. ‘Industrial workers’ were “exhorted to work harder in fighting the patriotic war against poverty…”.
  65. 65. Maneuvers ofSuccessful Asian NICs During the Asian financial crisis (1997), China did not follow the IMF’s prescription and refused to devalue the Renminbi. Those nations that followed the IMF’s prescription suffered economic and then political meltdown. Meantime, China’s foreign exchange reserves soared reaching US $ 230 billion (2003), the second largest in the world.
  66. 66. Maneuvers ofSuccessful Asian NICs "Following its own course, China’s new export economy is booming, drawing manufacturers from the West and throughout Asia to relocate production in China. Meanwhile, a brisk new pattern has arisen, tilting the economy away from an over-reliance on exports, which proved to be the Achilles heel of the Asian tiger economies” (Brahm 2003).
  67. 67. The New Philippine CulturalTransformation Mass poverty cannot be eliminated or even relieved with globalization and liberalization. As what Japan and other Asian NICs realized long time ago, it is only through industrialization that the country will be able to achieve the ideals of nationalism, independence, democracy and progress.
  68. 68. The New Philippine CulturalTransformation The struggle for national industrialization should be preceded by cultural transformation. The world’s people, as shown in Cancun, Doha and other momentous civil society uprisings, have risen up and pushed to greater heights the global cultural revolution.
  69. 69. The New Philippine CulturalTransformation The country’s culture is “colonial and damaged” and the people exploited and kept in poverty. This has weakened the values of patriotism, nationalism and cooperation. Filipinos do not trust each other and rely solely on extended family system. It is the system of individual survival (or the crab mentality) that prevails in the average Filipino mind.
  70. 70. The New Philippine CulturalTransformation Inculcating the new industrial culture among Filipinos is a must in order to speed up the much delayed and aborted national industrialization process. If the West has the Protestant ethics and most of Asia, the Confucian ethics that have pushed industrialization, the world’s civil society is now being aroused by the Christian ethics.
  71. 71. Christian Ethics German Catholic Heinrich Pesch S.J. in 1918 wrote the book Ethics and National Development. He called these Christian Ethics a “solidaristic system of human work” with three basic principles.
  72. 72. Three Principles ofChristian Ethics1. The economy must be regulated in accord with the virtues of (social) justice and (social) charity. It is the responsibility, and thus in the conscience of individuals to make the economy work for the good of all, especially the poor.
  73. 73. Three Principles ofChristian Ethics2. The principle of subsidiarity (participatory democracy) where social and political institutions at higher levels ought to intervene only when the individuals and groups at the lower social and political levels cannot accomplish the tasks which the common good requires.
  74. 74. Three Principles ofChristian Ethics3. The principle of autonomy and cooperation where people in various vocations and occupations perform various functions necessary for the development of the economy.
  75. 75. The New Philippine CulturalTransformation It is time that all Filipinos should put in their respective minds and consciences the three basic principles of the Christian ethics in renewing our industrial culture. Thank you.
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