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Dictators, Democrats, and Development in Southeast Asia: Implications for the Rest

Michael T. Rock


Since 1960 only nine developing countries have succeeded in sustaining high growth. Dictators, Democrats, and Development in Southeast Asia examines how dictators and democrats in three of the nine—Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand (IMT)—built and sustained pro-growth political coalitions, enabling them to deliver high sustained growth. The focus is on IMT because the three have factor endowments, ethnic heterogeneity, and forms of governance that resemble the Rest, suggesting that the Rest may have much to learn from IMT. The focus is unabashedly on the politics of growth in IMT because polit ... More

Keywords: dictators, democrats, growth, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, growth strategy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190619862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190619862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael T. Rock, author
Samuel and Etta Wexler Professor of Economic History, Bryn Mawr College