Collective Goods, Collective Futures in East and South-East by Sally Sargeson

By Sally Sargeson

This edited assortment explores concerns surrounding the availability of collective items in the context of post-crisis East and Southeast Asia. It comprises case stories on Korea, Indonesia, China, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore between others.

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While not disputing the ubiquity of those problems, it is in the methods used in their resolution that we choose to identify the characteristic features of collective goods: that is, joint supply, and some degree of non-excludability and non-rivalry. Some of the findings of the following case studies directly challenge triumphalist claims that contemporary neo-liberal models of collective goods provision are superior to the developmental models that preceded them. But it is not our aim to champion any specific mode of provision.

Indeed, identifying the key issues and players during and in the wake of the crisis is not a difficult challenge, for there has been a coordinated and self-conscious attempt to impose or ensure adherence to a distinctive neo-liberal, market-centred economic order in the region. To appreciate the significance of this development it is necessary to place these events in an appropriate historical context. East Asia and the post-war international order Of late, discussion of ‘the international order’ and its constitutive institutions has tended to focus overwhelmingly on economic regimes.

Gramscian conceptions of hegemony, by contrast, provide a more broadly based account of the sorts of economic and political developments that characterise and help to constitute the contemporary international order. Importantly, they also offer a way of conceptualising the often ambiguous status of the leading hegemonic power in an era when the autonomy of the most powerful nation is often constrained, and in which the very articulation of ‘the national interest’ is increasingly problematised by processes of globalisation and the concomitant blurring of political boundaries and economic identities (Beeson 2000a).

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