Law and development in East and Southeast Asia

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During the 1980s and 1990s Asian 'developmental states' attracted much attention in political science and economics literature, but the role of law in the economic development was neglected. It was only after the Asian crisis of 1997 that many analysts began to focus on a lack of regulation and transparency as a major factor triggering the crisis. The crucial questions now are how successful the current reforms will be, and which features of the Asian approach to commercial law will be resistant to reform pressures. This book examines the prospects for commercial law reform in Asia, giving particular attention to Japan and Singapore, as frequently cited role models for Asian developmentalism, and also examining development related business laws in countries such as China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages387
ISBN (Electronic)9780203988947
ISBN (Print)9780700713219, 9786610224883, 9780203988947
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledgeCurzon-IIAS Asian Studies Series

Bibliographical note

First published 2003 by RoutledgeCurson; published 2017 by Routledge.


  • Southeast Asia
  • Law
  • Law and economic development
  • East Asia


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