Citizen Power, Politics, and the Asian Miracle

Citizen Power, Politics, and the Asian Miracle : Policies, Processes, Prospects

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Departing from characterizations of Asian governments as benevolent overlords and Asian citizens as politically naive and/or docile, Fiona Yap explores the dynamic interactions between state and citizenry in the arena of economic policies. Yap focuses on the cases of Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan to show that, with the strategic use of activities ranging from labor unrest to investment in production, citizens can push a government to accept responsibility for poor economic conditions - and to adopt specific reforms. Melding some forty years of comparative empirical data with formal modeling, she demonstrates a surprising pattern of government-citizen bargaining that exists independent of democratic institutions/ more

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  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1588263444
  • 9781588263445

Review quote

A unique and innovative study... Both theoretical and empirical, quantitative and qualitative, this book offers a wealth of important findings on policymaking in Pacific Asia. - Yi Feng, Claremont Graduate Universityshow more

Table of contents

The Relevance of Citizen Cooperation. Politics and Economics in Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia. Beyond the "Asian Miracle": Testing the Extent of Economic Bargaining. Cases of Motivation: Increasing Accountability and Transparency. Cases of Cooperation: When and Why Citizens Invest Resources. Liberalization Through Accountability and more