Evan Berman (ed), Public Administration in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Macao
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This volume pursued an ambitious goal—to provide a comprehensive and comparative account of public administration systems in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Macao. Prior to this volume the best sources of such information were infrequent journal articles and reports focusing on one or more countries. This work advances the scholarship by augmenting and codifying the existing information on these cases using a systematic framework. Academics, practitioners, and anyone else interested in this subject and countries will welcome and appreciate this impressive and invaluable contribution to the scholarship.
Several notable distinctions of this volume need highlighting. First, the volume systematically and comprehensively explores key elements of each case’s administrative systems, processes, and reforms, by placing them in their unique historical, political, and economic contexts. Each case has been explored in five chapters focusing on (1) history and political context; (2)...