Neoliberalism and Institutional Reform in East Asia: A by Meredith Jung-En Woo

By Meredith Jung-En Woo

Within the aftermath of the Asian monetary situation of the past due Nineteen Nineties, overseas monetary associations recommended a variety of neoliberal quick-fix ideas for reforming financial administration inside East Asian nations. This publication brings jointly students of political financial system, legislation and sociology to interrogate the possible unproblematic notions - the foundations of legislation, sturdy company governance, and versatile labour marketplace - that tell neoliberal coverage prescriptions. It additionally discusses how those options were translated and practiced in East Asia, exploring the philosophical and empirical bases of the instructed recommendations and reading the level to which they've been undefined.

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