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Timber booms and institutional breakdown in southeast Asia / Michael L. Ross
Bib ID 2210419
Format BookBook
Author
Ross, Michael Lewin, 1961-
 
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Description Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001 
xvi, 237 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0521791677
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Political economy of institutions and decisions.

Summary

"This book explores three puzzles: Why did the Indonesian, Malaysian, and Philippine governments disastrously mismanage their forests? Why have the governments of many developing states done the same? And why do states generally squander their natural resources?" "In this study, Michael L. Ross draws on the new institutional economics, the theory of rent-seeking, and examples from Southeast Asia to show how the volatility of international markets can damage the institutions of developing states - and lead to the plunder of natural resources."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction: Three Puzzles
  • 2. The Problem of Resource Booms
  • 3. Explaining Institutional Breakdown
  • 4. The Philippines: The Legal Slaughter of the Forests
  • 5. Sabah, Malaysia: A New State of Affairs
  • 6. Sarawak, Malaysia: An Almost Uncontrollable Instinct
  • 7. Indonesia: Putting the Forests to "Better Use"
  • 8. Conclusion: Rent Seeking and Rent Seizing.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-228).

Subjects Forest management -- Environmental aspects -- Southeast Asia.  |  Forest policy -- Environmental aspects -- Southeast Asia.  |  Logging -- Economic aspects -- Southeast Asia.  |  Timber -- Economic aspects -- Southeast Asia.  |  Rent (Economic theory)

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