Professor of Economics Michael Rock's book, Dictators, Democrats, and Development in Southeast Asia: Implications for the Rest, was recently reviewed in the Journal of East Asian Studies.
From the review:
"Rock's book demonstrates that he is a serious scholar of the political economy of IMT. Unlike most economists, he draws on the literatures in politics, history, and economics to develop a serious strategic development alternative to the neo-liberal Washington Consensus and the Northeast Asian developmental state, both of which have limited lessons to offer to the Rest. He does so by utilizing an increasingly popular mixed-method methodological approach (Lieberman 2005) that combines in-depth qualitative analysis with rigorous econometric work to provide strong empirical support for the alternative development strategy he posits. Rock's book is a significant addition to the work of a small, but influential, group of economists open to heterodox interpretations of development policy and development performance. He has gone a long way toward shaking up conventional wisdom about the political economy of development in IMT. Unlike the literature on Northeast Asia, there is nothing remotely like it. His messages should resonate with those concerned with getting growth going in the Rest."
Read more in the Journal of East Asian Studies.