The Developmental State: Understanding State-Society Relations in Asia

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Fall 2012

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Berita: Newsletter of the Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei (MSB) Studies Group of the Association of Asian Studies

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Theorizing the developmental state as having risen above the clamour of society (and thus attained considerable autonomy), imbues it with too much power, and thus exaggerates its transformative role. This panel, convened at the Association of Asian Studies Conference in March 2012, an fielded by Vincent Chua (National University of Singapore), Su- Mei Ooi (Butler University), Surain Subramaniam (University of North Carolina, Asheville) and Yeow Tong Chia (University of Sydney), interrogates the power and limits of the developmental state, drawing upon four pieces of original analyses in the East Asian context.