Democracy, governance, and economic performance : East and Southeast Asia
Title: Democracy, governance, and economic performance : East and Southeast Asia
Publisher: The United Nations University
Citation: New York, NY : The United Nations University, ©1999, The changing nature of democracy
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 Singapore have 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 evaluated. The political and policy-making institutions within these states must now negotiate responses to the financial crisis of the late 1990s. Ultimate outcomes will be determined on one hand by the capacity of political systems to sustain popular support and, on the other, by the capacity of institutions to rework dysfunctional economic arrangements.
Table of Contents:
Introduction. -- 1. Economic development v. political democracy / Jean Blondel, Takashi Inoguchi, and Ian Marsh. -- Parties, party systems, and economic governance. -- 2. The role of parties and party systems in the democratization process / Jean Blondel. -- 3. Economic governance and economic performance / Ian Marsh. -- 4. Parties, bureaucracies and the search for an equilibrium : between democracy and economic development / Jean Blondel and Takashi Inoguchi. -- Country studies. -- 5. Taiwan / Hsin-Huang, Michael Hsiao and Cheng Hsiao-Shih. -- 6. South Korea / Ahn Chung-si and Jaung Hoon. -- 7. The Philippines / Renato S. Velasco. -- 8. Thailand / Dan king. -- 9. Malaysia / Edmund Terence Gomez and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. -- 10. Indonesia / Andrew Macintyre. -- 11. Singapore / Khong Cho-oon. -- 12. Hong Kong / James T. H. Tang. -- Conclusion. -- 13. Conclusion / Jean Blondel and Ian Marsh.
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