Explores ideas of de-growth and post-development and their often ecological
underpinnings. Relates such ideas to increasing concerns around the
Anthropocene. Ideas around collectivity and reciprocity as part of thrift
are analysed and related to the idea of thriving. The Voluntary Simplicity
movement is looked to as a case study of thrifty living, and its potential
for genuine societal change considered.
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book presents the case studies of the individual countries: Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and the People's Republic of China (PRC). It examines the factors behind the financial crisis and highlights the underlying similarities and the fundamental differences between the individual cases. The book provides a review of the competing perspectives on the new international financial architecture. It explains a number of fundamental issues and its implications for the emerging market economies. The book also presents a more nuanced picture of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) policies and its socioeconomic impact. It assesses the IMF's efforts to reduce moral hazard. The book also examines the reasons behind Asia's remarkable economic recovery and the challenges that lie ahead.