The ASEAN Economic Community Project: Accumulating Capital, Dispossessing the Commons

Bonn Juego

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMore or Less? : Growth and Development Debates in Asia
    Number of pages7
    PublisherHeinrich Böll Stiftung
    Publication date22 Jan 2014
    Pages12-19
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2014
    SeriesPerspectives Asia: Political Analyses and Commentary
    Number2

    Bibliographical note

    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.

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