The Rise and Fall of Revenue Farming

Business Elites and the Emergence of the Modern State in Southeast Asia

  • John Butcher
  • Howard Dick

Part of the Studies in the Economies of East and South-East Asia book series (SEESEA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Themes and Perspectives

  3. Country Studies

  4. Tax Farmers and Business Strategy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Carl A. Trocki
      Pages 249-254
    3. John Butcher
      Pages 255-261
    4. Michael R. Godley
      Pages 262-266
    5. Jennifer W. Cushman, Michael R. Godley
      Pages 267-271
    6. Howard Dick
      Pages 272-280
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 281-309

About this book


Until the early 1900s governments of Southeast Asia farmed out the right to run opium, gambling and other monopolies. Yet by about 1920 all of the major farms had been abolished and the collection of revenue brought under direct bureaucratic control. This book explains the rise and sudden fall of revenue farming, traces the changing fortunes of the Chinese businessmen who held the major farms, and uses the study of revenue farming to examine the emergence of the modern state in Southeast Asia.


economic development finance Monopol taxation trade

Editors and affiliations

  • John Butcher
    • 1
  • Howard Dick
    • 2
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.University of NewcastleAustralia

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