Democracy, Governance, and Economic Performance: East and Southeast Asia (The Changing Nature of Democracy)
Ian Marsh, Jean Blondel, Takashi InoguchiISBN: 9280810391;
The states of East and Southeast Asia constitute a fertile setting for exploring the links between political and economic development--subjects usually considered in isolation. Democratization occurred, or was consolidated, in a number of these states in the early 1990s, but irrespective of the level of democratization, economic performance has been a primary source of political legitimacy in all states in the study. Yet the levels of development vary markedly. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singaporehave progressively turned to technological innovation as the primary engine of development, while the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia have focused on incorporation in regional/global production systems. In evaluating democratic development, the study focuses particularly on the condition of parties and party systems. In relation to economic governance, the idea of a developmental state provides a template against which the practices of individual states are...
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