The articles in this edited collection, first published in 1985, consider the competing theories of the nature of development and underdevelopment in Southeast Asia. Each chapter challenges the academic orthodoxies and dominant traditions of Southeast Asian studies, particularly in relation to orientalist history, behaviourist political science and development economics. Overall, the contributions offer an alternative framework for analysis, which considers the structural changes to the political economy of Southeast Asia, as well as the relationship between the state, economy and class at a domestic level. This is a fascinating collection, of value to those with an interest in Southeast Asian politics, economics and history.
Part I: Introduction Richard Higgott and Richard Robinson 1. Theories of development and underdevelopment: implications for the study of Southeast Asia Richard Higgott and Richard Robinson with Kevin J. Hewison and Gary Rodan; Part II: History and Society 2. A critical appraisal of historians of Malaya: the theory of society implicit in their work Patrick Sullivan 3. Class, politics and race in modern Malaysia Martin Brennan 4. Class and change in rural Southeast Asia Carol Warren; Part III: Development strategies and the global economic order 5. Reformist capitalist development and the New International Division of Labour Richard Leaver 6. Industrialisation and the Singapore state in the context of the New International Division of Labour Garry Rodan 7. Imperialism, dependency and peripheral industrialization: the case of Japan in Indonesia Wayne Robinson 8. The debate on the ‘political economy’ of Australian-ASEAN relations Robyn Lim; Part IV: Politics, the state and economic development in Southeast Asia 9. The Philippine political economy: (dependent) state capitalism in the corporatist mode Robert B. Stauffer 10. The state and capitalist development in Thailand Kevin J. Hewison 11. Class, capital and state in New Order Indonesia Richard Robinson; Index
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