Timber booms and institutional breakdown in Southeast Asia

Michael L. Ross

This book was first published in 2001. Scholars have long studied how institutions emerge and become stable. But why do institutions sometimes break down? In this book, Michael L. Ross explores the breakdown of the institutions that govern natural resource exports in developing states. He shows that these institutions often break down when states receive positive trade shocks - unanticipated windfalls. Drawing on the theory of rent-seeking, he suggests that these institutions succumb to a problem he calls 'rent-seizing' - the predatory behavior of politicians who seek to supply rent to others, and who purposefully dismantle institutions that restrain them. Using case studies of timber booms in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, he shows how windfalls tend to trigger rent-seizing activities that may have disastrous consequences for state institutions, and for the government of natural resources. More generally, he shows how institutions can collapse when they have become endogenous to any rent-seeking process.

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  • 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.

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書名 Timber booms and institutional breakdown in Southeast Asia
著作者等 Ross Michael L.
Ross Michael Lewin
シリーズ名 Political economy of institutions and decisions
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2001
ページ数 xvi, 237 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521791677
NCID BA51261457
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス