Dictators, Democrats, and Development in Southeast Asia: Implications for the Rest by Michael T. RockDictators, Democrats, and Development in Southeast Asia: Implications for the Rest by Michael T. Rock

Dictators, Democrats, and Development in Southeast Asia: Implications for the Rest

byMichael T. Rock

Hardcover | October 5, 2016

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Getting growth going has been rare in the developing world-since 1960 only nine developing countries have succeeded in sustaining high growth. The aim of Dictators, Democrats and Development in Southeast Asia is to examine how dictators and democrats in three of the nine fast growers-Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, hereafter IMT-built and sustained pro-growth political coalitions that enabled them to adopt policies that ushered in sustained high growth. The focus is on IMT because circa 1960 few thought the three were candidates for high growth and because the three have factor endowments, ethnic heterogeneity, and forms of governance that resemble the Rest. These similarities suggest the Rest may have much to learn from IMT. The focus isunabashedly on the politics of development in IMT because dictators and democrats in IMT built and sustained pro-growth political coalitions that enabled them to link their long term political survival with delivering development. How and why they did so should be of keen interest to the Rest.Because dictators and democrats in IMT were committed to capitalist, industrial and open economy development strategies but deeply suspicious of a laissez faire approach to development, none of the three ever adopted a Washington Consensus style growth strategy. While all three toyed with aNortheast style capitalist developmental state approach to growth, because governments in IMT lacked the political requisites to make this strategy work, none really stuck to this approach to growth either. Instead dictators and democrats in IMT implemented highly pragmatic growth and development strategies. When markets worked, governments used them. When interventions worked governments relied on them. When either failed to deliver expected results, governments weeded out bad investments to sustainhigh growth. Such a pragmatic, trial and error approach to development should also be of keen interest to the Rest.
Michael T. Rock is Samuel and Etta Wexler Professor of Economic History, Bryn Mawr College.
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Title:Dictators, Democrats, and Development in Southeast Asia: Implications for the RestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190619864

ISBN - 13:9780190619862

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