Shadows in the Forest: Japan and the Politics of Timber in Southeast Asia / Edition 1

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Overview

1998 Winner of the International Studies Association's Harold and Margaret SproutAwardPeter Dauvergne developed the concept of a "shadow ecology" to assess the total environmental impact of one country on resource management in another country or area. Aspects of a shadow ecology include government aid and loans; corporate practices, investment, and technology transfers; and trade factors such as consumption, export and consumer prices, and import tariffs.In Shadows in theForest, Dauvergne examines Japan's effect on commercial timber management in Indonesia, EastMalaysia, and the Philippines. Japan's shadow ecology has stimulated unsustainable logging, which in turn has triggered widespread deforestation. Although Japanese practices have improved somewhat since the early 1990s, corporate trade structures and purchasing patterns, timber prices, wasteful consumption, import tariffs, and the cumulative environmental effects of past practices continue to undermine sustainable forest management in Southeast Asia.This book is the first to analyze the environmental impact of Japanese trade, corporations, and aid on timber management in the context ofSoutheast Asian political economies. It is also one of the first comprehensive studies of whySoutheast Asian states are unable to enforce forest policies and regulations. In particular, it highlights links between state officials and business leaders that reduce state funds, distort policies, and protect illegal and unsustainable loggers. More broadly, the book is one of the first to examine the environmental impact of Northeast Asian development on Southeast Asian resource management and to analyze the indirect environmental impact of bilateral state relations on the management of one Southern resource.

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"... sets out a wealth of documenteddetail that shows how we should be super-sceptical of 'official'business statistics. This is one of the most illuminating tropicalforestry books of the last decade." Norman Myers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262540872
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/1997
  • Series: Politics, Science, and the Environment
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Dauvergne is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Liu Institute for GlobalIssues at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of the award-winning TheShadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press) and other books.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Ecological Shadows 1
1 Japan's Shadow Ecology 21
2 A Model of Resource Management in Clientelist States 41
3 Japan, Patron-Client Politics, and Timber Mismanagement in the Outer Islands of Indonesia 59
4 Japan, Clientelism, and Deforestation in East Malaysia 99
5 Japan, Patron-Client Politics, and the Collapse of the Philippine Timber Industry 133
6 Conclusion: Japan's Ecological Shadow of Tropical Timber in Southeast Asia 165
Appendix: Statistical Tables 183
Notes 195
Glossary 263
Bibliography 267
Index 295
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