Economic History - general
|Title:|| ||The Control of Political Economy - a review of "State Dominance in Myanmar"
|Date of publication:|| ||April 2007|
|Description/subject:|| ||State Dominance in Myanmar,
by Tin Maung Maung Than. Institute
of Southeast Asian Studies,
Burma’s economic development reflects the history of failed dictatorships...
"The Political Economy of Industrialization,’ the subtitle of Dr Tin Maung Maung Than’s recently released State Dominance in Myanmar, may be perplexing to those who perceive industrialization as modernization, impersonal bureaucratization and the welfare state formation of the West over the past two centuries.
Is there such a thing as industrialization in Burma? Tin Maung Maung Than’s answer is an unequivocal “Yes.” He defines industry, following the late American economist Simon Kuznets, as “encompassing manufacturing and processing of agricultural, forest, marine and mineral products as well as electricity production.”
The first few chapters will convince the reader that the tradition of planned economy in Burma is deeply rooted in “the negative experience of laissez-faire economy” for the locals under colonial rule. It had also emerged from the leftist ideas and “lingering notions” of the nationalist leaders, led by Gen Aung San..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Ko Ko Thett|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 4|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||04 May 2008|