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The Institutional ImperativeThe Politics of Equitable Development in Southeast Asia$
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Erik Kuhonta

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770835

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770835.001.0001

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Extending the Theoretical Argument

Extending the Theoretical Argument

The Philippines and Vietnam

(p.195) Seven Extending the Theoretical Argument
The Institutional Imperative
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This chapter, which compares equitable development in the Philippines and Vietnam, examines how the Philippines has historically been plagued by weak institutions that have denied it the potential for growth and equity. It describes how a highly institutionalized political party in Vietnam has successfully implemented social reforms that have created a relatively equitable society and stimulated economic growth without excessively exacerbating the distribution of income. The chapter suggests that the experiences of these two countries validate the role of institutional power and capacity in equitable development.

Keywords:   equitable development, Philippines, Vietnam, weak institutions, social reforms, equitable society, economic growth, institutional power, institutional capacity

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