The Promise of Prosperity: Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste (Pacific) (Paperback)

The Promise of Prosperity: Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste (Pacific) By Judith Bovensiepen (Editor) Cover Image
By Judith Bovensiepen (Editor)
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For the people of Timor-Leste, independence promised a fundamental transformation from foreign occupation to self-rule, from brutality to respect for basic rights, and from poverty to prosperity. In the eyes of the country's political leaders, revenue from the country's oil and gas reserves is the means by which that transformation could be effected. Over the past decade, they have formulated ambitious plans for state-led development projects and rapid economic growth. Paradoxically, these modernist visions are simultaneously informed by and contradict ideas stemming from custom, religion, accountability and responsibility to future generations. This book explores how the promise of prosperity informs policy and how policy debates shape expectations about the future in one of the world's newest and poorest nation-states.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781760462529
ISBN-10: 1760462527
Publisher: Anu Press
Publication Date: December 18th, 2018
Pages: 268
Language: English
Series: Pacific