Past eventResearch Event

Political Origins and Results of Economic Booms: Taiwan, East China, Thailand and the Philippines

18 July 2008 - 14:00 to 16:00

Chatham House, London


Lynn White, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Chair: Elizabeth Wright, Special Professor, China Policy Institute



In recent decades Taiwan, parts of China, and Thailand have boomed famously. However, economically and politically the Philippines have remained relatively stagnant. Booms in the tiger economies came after agrarian reform and were predominantly driven by small and medium-size enterprises. Business politics now dominates all four countries.

This meeting will examine important causes and effects of booms, or non-growth, in the four countries and the political as well as the economic factors.

Lynn White is a specialist in Asian development with an emphasis on China. His particular interests include post revolutionary reforms, politics in non-state institutions, urban politics (esp. in Hong Kong and Shanghai), the modernization of economic institutions, Chinese media, ecological approaches to politics, concepts of corruption, political anthropology, the effects of economic booms on local politics in East and Southeast Asia, the Taiwan Strait issue, and the use of Chinese materials to refine theories of comparative politics. He is the author of Careers in Shanghai: The Social Guidance of Personal Energies in a Developing Chinese City, 1949-1966; Shanghai Shanghaied? Uneven Taxes in Reform China; Policies of Chaos: The Organizational Causes of Violence in China's Cultural Revolution; Unstately Power; and co-editor of Political System and Change and Social Policy Reform in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

This event is in association with the China Policy Institute and supported by the Great Britain China Centre, the 48 Group Club and the Foreign Policy Centre.