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Asian Development Experience Vol. 2

The Role of Governance in Asia

Yasutani Shimomura

Publication Year: 2004

This volume investigates the “missing link”, the complicated realities of the relations between governance and development through case studies of ASEAN countries. Its main objective is to explore a theoretical framework to overcoming the limitations of mainstream approaches by employing case studies on decentralization, crisis management, corporate governance and foreign aid management of both public and private entities. From the beginning of the 1990s onwards, the international aid community has increasingly stressed that “good governance”, together with democracy and protection of basic human rights, is indispensable for sustainable economic development. The terms, however, are complex, broad, and arguable. They largely refer to discipline of government institutions and the capacity of the public sector. While a wide variety of empirical studies has been done on the relations between good governance and development, it is still unclear how the differences in governance influence development performance in a real world.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute


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List of Figures

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The three volumes bring together essays from a two-year research project, “Asian Development Experience” that commenced in November 2001. The principal objective of the project was to investigate the dynamic factors contributing to the remarkable success of ASEAN economies. We particularly focused on the role of external factors, domestic policy reforms ...

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This book attempts to cast light on the complicated realities of the relations between governance and development, through conducting case studies of ASEAN countries. Its main objective is to explore a theoretical framework to overcome the limitation of mainstream approach to the issue. ...

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1 Regional Governance in Asia: Comparative Analysis of Experiments of Decentralization and Deconcentration in Indonesia, Thailand and Korea

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pp. 6-26

The international development community has an interest in issues of governance as factors that have an impact on the effectiveness of development efforts. The World Bank defines governance as the manner in which power is exercised in the management of a country’s economic and social resources for development. Concretely, it focuses on public ...

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2 Governance and Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Newly Decentralized Indonesia

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pp. 27-64

This study is the first attempt to systematically examine the impact of bad governance practices in Indonesia on poverty reduction. Indonesia is a country that has endured bad governance for a long period, but which has also sustained significant poverty reduction. Prior to the onset of the economic crisis in mid-1997, the problem of bad governance in ...

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3 Local Governance in Indonesia’s Decentralization Era: Prospect and Challenges

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pp. 65-87

Good local governance has been the focus of public expectation since the Indonesia’s central government (the Government) introduced the new Laws on Decentralization in 1999, i.e., Law 22/1999 on Regional Government and Law 25/1999 on Fiscal Balance between Central and Regional Government. Since then, however, public discussions and debates ...

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4 Corporate Governance in Indonesia: A Study on Governance of Business Groups

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pp. 88-136

Since the high growth period praised as the “East Asian Miracle” collapsed due to the Asian economic crisis in 1997, good governance has come to be a key issue in the IMF-led reforms in the crisis-hit Asian countries. In these countries, IMF conditionality contained wide-ranging institutional reforms that were, in a word, a reform of governance of the government ...

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5 Governance Factors in Indonesian Economic Development

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pp. 137-165

This chapter comprises four parts: (1) a summary of the importance and limitations of using the concept of ‘governance’, (2) an overview of the arguments of governance factors in the Indonesian economy; (3) a case study focusing on the changing role of economic bureaucracy in Indonesia through the 1990s; and (4) another case study focusing on the relationship ...

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6 In Search of Endogenous Elements of Good Governance: The Case of the Eastern Seaboard Development Plan in Thailand

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pp. 166-189

The purpose of this chapter is to reconsider the relationship between economic development and good governance and cast light on various aspects that the postulates of mainstream idea have failed to take into account. A consensus is shared broadly among scholars and policymakers about the crucial role of good governance in achieving ...

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7 Health Sector Management and Governance in Thailand

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pp. 190-252

It is estimated that more than 80% of developing countries have been experiencing some form of decentralization in recent years (Manor 1999, viii). This trend has become more intense since the 1980s when decentralization was mostly motivated by political concerns.1 It should be noted, on the other hand, that decentralization in the developing ...

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8 Economic Viability and Local Governance: The Political Economy of Decentralization in the Philippines

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pp. 253-315

Decentralization has a strong potential to provide the conditions for societal transformation along the path of a more empowered and dynamic local community. A decentralized community is presumed to be one that is able to promote genuine and sustainable development even as it reduces the capacity of traditional power centres (to include state and non-state ...

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9 Economic Governance in Malaysia and its Links with the Asian Crisis

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pp. 316-348

In the early 1990s, the World Bank gave a strong endorsement to the development approach of East Asian countries, calling them the “Miracle Economies”. From the mid-1980s up until 1997, East Asian economies registered a series of impressively high growth rates, and by the end of that time some had almost reached developed country status. East Asia’s ...

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10 State Bureaucrats, Economic Development, and Governance: The Case of Singapore

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pp. 349-381

Ever since the second half of the 1980s, academic research has been going on, involving many economists and political scientists concerned with the Asian development scene, for factors that were responsible for the growth in East Asian states. The debate has been particularly intense over the prime cause of the growth: whether it was achieved through the ...

E-ISBN-13: 9789812305336
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302007

Page Count: 376
Publication Year: 2004

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 607578775
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Asian Development Experience Vol. 2

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  • Decentralization in government -- Southeast Asia.
  • Decentralization in government -- Indonesia.
  • Decentralization in government -- Economic aspects -- Southeast Asia.
  • Decentralization in government -- Economic aspects -- Indonesia.
  • Public administration -- Indonesia.
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