In this paper, I attempt to unpack the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint to reveal the project’s neoliberal capitalist strategy of ‘accumulation by dispossession’ whereby the drive for the acquisition of more wealth and power by the economically wealthy and politically powerful necessitated the deprivation of the peoples’ collective rights and access to the economic, political, social, and ecological commons. I therefore offer a critical reading of the AEC project in the analysis, specifically its agenda for the establishment of a competitive single market, and conclude with some notes for an alternative regionalism process for Southeast Asia’s development and democratization.
|Title of host publication||More or Less? : Growth and Development Debates in Asia|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publisher||Heinrich Böll Stiftung|
|Publication date||22 Jan 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Jan 2014|
|Series||Perspectives Asia: Political Analyses and Commentary|
Bonn Juego (2014) 'The ASEAN Economic Community Project: Accumulating Capital, Dispossessing the Commons', in Perspectives Asia 2/13: More or Less? Growth and Development Debates in Asia, Berlin: Heinrich Böll Foundation, pp. 12-19.