Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Illicit Economies, Sublegal Practices, and the State in Southeast Asia

A special issue of the journal Critical Asian Studies available for free for a limited time.

This introduction develops the idea of “dirty money states” by defining and exploring the problem of illicit state financing in Southeast Asia. Most diagnoses of Southeast Asia’s flourishing illicit economies focus on the prevalence of corruption and the “decay” of the state, but the authors of this essay develop a more nuanced explanation by exploring how states cultivate and sustain themselves through illicit extraction. Drawing from emerging literature on states and criminality, as well as fiscal sociology, they develop a novel theoretical framing for the six country case studies that comprise this thematic issue. Each study – on Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, East Timor, and the Philippines – examines empirically how illicit state financing works. Whether revenues derive from gold, timber, opium, aid agencies, or business interests, the authors identify consistent patterns in the nature and behaviour of the state vis-à-vis illegally generated funds. These patterns encompass territorial dynamics and practices; the everyday social worlds of state actors and their entrepreneurial allies; and the paradoxical interplay between formal and informal realms. Ultimately the authors argue that illicit monies are fundamental to contemporary state building in the region, extending even to the delivery of public goods and services. These findings are potentially uncomfortable for scholars, governments and development practitioners, particularly because they challenge conventional ideas about how the strength and/or weakness of states might be understood in Southeast Asia. But they demand attention, since they are the product of an ambitious and unconventional research endeavour.

[Articles can be downloaded from Taylor & Francis Online]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on Saturday, 1 August 2015 by in Politics and rights and tagged , , .
Learning Community

A Learning Change Project Blog

Political Prisoners in Thailand

Oppose lese majeste law and human rights abuses in Thailand

Development Matters

Development Matters is a platform for discussions on development opportunities and challenges.

The Undercover Historian

Beatrice Cherrier's blog

Voranai's Blog

An insightful and sarcastic analysis of Thailand and the World

Greenmentality

A Political Ecology of the Green Economy in the Global South

Mapping for Development

Urban Studies x Sustainable Development x Geospatial Analysis

Adam Greenfield's Speedbird

Clean living under difficult circumstances

Culture and Capitalism

A Sussex University Anthropology blog

Rethinking international development

Alternative paradigms, practices and challenges

the city inside out

A blog on gender, citizenship and urban life

POLLEN

Political Ecology Network

From Rurban to Urban

Reinventing the Finnish City

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

Economic Sociology and Political Economy

The global community of academics, practitioners, and activists interested in Economic Sociology & Political Economy -- led by Oleg Komlik

Real-World Economics Review Blog

Posts are by authors of papers published in the RWER. Anyone may comment.

misplacedhabits

Just another WordPress.com site

Progressive Geographies

Thinking about place and power - a site written and curated by Stuart Elden

Another WORD is Possible

Words & Fotos ON / All rights reserved © Lee Yu Kyung 2019

{FAVEL issues}

urban informality + urban development

Wait... What?

discussions on digital ethics. privacy and power

According...to Law

Foreigners' Rights and Layman's Legal Overview for Thailand

JCA

News about the journal, new articles, free downloads and more

Som Tam. Anytime.

Je procrastine (beaucoup). Mais des fois j'écris (un peu).

%d bloggers like this: