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The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia

Palm Oil and Patronage

By Helena Varkkey

Routledge

228 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Despite the efforts of Southeast Asian governments and of ASEAN, transboundary haze continues to be a major environmental problem in Southeast Asia. This book demonstrates that the issue is complex, and explains why efforts to solve the problem in purely political terms are ineffective, and likely to continue to be ineffective. The book shows how state-led, state-incentivised agribusiness development lies at the heart of the problem, leading to a large rise in palm oil production, with extensive clearing of forests, leading to deliberate or accidental fires and the resulting haze. Moreover, although the forest clearing is occurring in Indonesia, many of the companies involved are Malaysian and Singaporean; and, further, many of these companies have close relationships with the politicians and officials responsible for addressing the problem and who thereby have a conflict of interest. The author concludes by discussing the huge difficulties involved in overturning this system of 'patronage politics'.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Indonesian Oil Palm Sector and Haze 3. The State as Facilitator of Regionalization 4. Regionalization and Patronage Politics 5. The Regionalism of Haze Mitigation at the ASEAN Level 6. Conclusion

About the Author

Helena Varkkey is a senior lecturer in the Department of International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

About the Series

Routledge Malaysian Studies Series

The Routledge Malaysian Studies Series publishes high quality scholarship that provides important new contributions to knowledge on Malaysia. It also signals research that spans comparative studies, involving the Malaysian experience with that of other nations.

This series, initiated by the Malaysian Social Science Association (MSSA) to promote study of contemporary and historical issues in Malaysia, and designed to respond to the growing need to publish important research, also serves as a forum for debate on key issues in Malaysian society. As an academic series, it will be used to generate new theoretical debates in the social sciences and on processes of change in this society.

The Series covers a broad range of subjects including history, politics, economics, sociology, international relations, geography, business, education, religion, literature, culture and ethnicity. The series will encourage work adopting an interdisciplinary approach.

New proposals for the series are welcomed.  Prospective authors should in the first instance contact the series editors, whose email addresses are: drhazim@um.edu.my;  shamab@pkrisc.cc.ukm.my; and terencegomez@hotmail.com.

 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General