The Institutional Imperative: The Politics of Equitable Development in Southeast Asia - Erik KuhontaStanford: Stanford University Press, 2011, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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Includes: Maps; Tables; List of abbreviations; References;
From the cover: “What sets apart those rare countries that achieve equitable development from the vast majority that do not? In this comparative historical study of four countries in Southeast Asia, political scientist Erik Martinez Kuhonta argues that the realization of equitable development is heavily dependent on strong institutions, particularly institutionalized political parties and cohesive interventionist states, and on moderate policy and ideology.
The Institutional Imperative is cantered on a structured and focused comparison of the politics of inequality in Malaysia and Thailand, but also includes comparisons with the Philippines and Vietnam. It shows how Malaysia and Vietnam have had the requisite institutional capacity and power to advance equitable development, while Thailand and the Philippines, because of weaker institutions, have not achieved the same level of success. At its core, the book makes a forceful claim for the need for institutional power and institutional capacity to alleviate structural inequalities.”