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From Legibility to Eligibility: Politics, Subsidy and Productivity in Rural Asia

Walker, Andrew


Throughout Asia, the relationship between the state and the rural sector has shifted from taxation to subsidy. The political tussles over subsistence between resistant peasants and taxing states, eloquently described by James Scott, have been replaced by a more affluent political dynamic focussed on subsidy and productivity. This article explores this transformation by means of a comparative study of Thailand and South Korea. Like many other countries, Thailand and South Korea have followed the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: TRaNS: Trans-Regional and National Studies of Southeast Asia
DOI: 10.1017/trn.2014.17


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