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Epilogue: Collective goods for collective futures

Sargeson, S. (2012) Epilogue: Collective goods for collective futures. In: Sargeson, S., (ed.) Collective Goods: Collective Futures in East and Southeast Asia. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group, pp. 215-218.

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The case studies contained in this volume underline the point that an array of customs, ideologies, organisational forms, strategic and economic interests, political alliances and social relations influence the provision of collective goods. Moreover, the decision to produce goods collectively, as opposed to publicly or privately, is always open to contestation, even in inter-state interactions and authoritarian societies in which there are significant disparities of power, resources and capacity. Our case studies also show that collective goods provision frequently has a greater impact than originally intended. It overturns old ideational, regulatory, organisational productive and redistributive systems; distinguishes new groups of beneficiaries from non-beneficiaries; and precipitates collective actions at various levels of geo-political scale.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group
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