State Structure, Policy Formation, and Economic Development in Southeast Asia

The Political Economy of Thailand and the Philippines

By Antoinette R. Raquiza

© 2011 – Routledge

204 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Why do some small, developing countries industrialize and others don’t? What factors account for different economic performance among states that are vulnerable to external shocks, crony capitalism, and political instability? This book argues that the answer lies in the structuring of state power, specifically the way different sets of governing elites – political leaders and economic technocrats – are embedded in political organisations and state institutions, and the way these elites relate to each other in the economic development policy process. Conducting a comparative historical analysis of Thailand and the Philippines, the book argues that the institutional settings of governing elites influence economic outcomes. In Thailand, political power traditionally connects to state institutions in ways that has limited the impact of political turnovers and global downturns - conducive to long-term industrial activities. In contrast, Philippine state power derives from family networks that merge social and political power, suited to fast-moving, short-term commercial interests. In focusing on this political and institutional story, the author analyses the current development dilemmas of countries, weighed down by historical legacies of unstable regimes, dependency, and social conflict, and how they are likely to develop in the future.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Institutional Settings of State Power and the Policy Process 2. Patterns of Economic Growth: Narratives and Realities 3. Building the Modern State and Economy 4. Comparative Policy Dynamics of Trade and Investment Promotion 5. Liberalization: Divergent Paths, Different Outcomes 6. Conclusion: State Configuration and the Politics of Economic Development

About the Author

Antoinette R. Raquiza is Associate Professor in Political Science at the De La Salle University, Philippines.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Growth Economies of Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of the growth economies of Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL009000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General