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The New Political Economy Of Southeast Asia

Rajah Rasiah , Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt

Edited by Rajah Rasiah, Professor of Technology and Innovation Policy, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Malaysia, Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands, Senior Research Associate, Sanjaya Lall Centre for Technology and Development, Oxford University, UK and Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt, Associate Professor in Development and International Relations, Aalborg University, Denmark

2010 296 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 265 9
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 712 8

Hardback £90.00 on-line price £81.00


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‘The different parts of the Southeast Asian puzzle fit better together as a consequence of reading this valuable book, which brings history back in to show how regions learn from each other and establish an identity.’
– Alice Amsden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

Contributors: A. Chongvilaivan, A. Chowdhury, S.B. Das, C. Dixon, I. Islam, A.P.J. Mol, R. Ofreneo, R. Rasiah, J.D. Schmidt, D.A. Sonnenfeld, P. Wad

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This well-researched book examines the dramatic transformation of Southeast Asian countries from agricultural and mining economies to industrial nations.

In doing so, it explores the effects of development policy on a number of interdisciplinary issues, and the emergence of new social and political pressures created by industrialization. These include their heightened vulnerability to complex economic crises, their use of sophisticated instruments in the labour process and increased awareness of environmental issues. The distinguished authors present a regional and cross-border focus on transnational actors and institutions, and the policy issues and problems which have a wider impact on spatial configurations in the region.

This insightful study will appeal to researchers, academics and policymakers working on the economics and development of Southeast Asia.

Full table of contents



1. Introduction
Rajah Rasiah and Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt

2. Industrialization in the Second-tier NIEs
Rajah Rasiah

3. The 1997 Economic Crisis, Reform and Southeast Asian Growth
Chris Dixon

4. Revisiting Shared Growth and Examining Horizontal Inequality
Anis Chowdhury and Iyanatul Islam

5. Industrial Relations and Labour Market Conditions
Rene Ofreneo and Peter Wad

6. Urban and Industrial Environmental Reform in Southeast Asia
David A. Sonnenfeld and Arthur P.J. Mol

7. Civil Society and Distributional Conflicts in Southeast Asia
Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt

8. Rationale for Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in Southeast Asia
Sanchita Basu Das and Aekapol Chongvilaivan


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