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Balancing private sector development and local-central relations

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  • Edo Andriesse

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    (International College, Khon Kaen University, Thailand)

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    Although academics, civil servants and non-governmental organizations involved in development have continued to promote policies for local economies, many localities fail to catch up with average national development patterns. The body of knowledge on this topic has been split into two parts: private sector development (PSD) and local-central relations (LCR). This article argues that, in order for policies to be effective, PSD and LCR should be analysed simultaneously. Drawing on evidence from empirical work conducted in South-East Asia, the article offers policymakers some ways forward. Important features to be reckoned with are the sequencing of policies, the problem of historically rooted disabling institutions, the benefits of local enabling institutions, ethnic tensions and structural opposition from central Governments.

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    Article provided by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its journal Asia-Pacific Development Journal.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (June)
    Pages: 93-114

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    Handle: RePEc:unt:jnapdj:v:16:y:2009:i:1:p:93-114

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    Keywords: Southeast Asia; Private sector development; Local-central relations; periphery; informal institutions; disabling institutions; ethnic-religious tensions;

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