Gomez, Edmund Terence

Edmund Terence Gomez is Professor of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He specializes in state-market relations and the linkages between ethnicity, politics and capital development in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. He received a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Malaya in 1993.

Summary of Project:

The core objectives of Work Package 2 (WP2) – The Economy: Competing Models and Practices of Capitalism – are two-fold: to assess development models adopted in ASEAN economies and to determine the impact of locally- as well as globally-driven economic change on the legitimacy of these models and the political framework that underpin them.

There are three modules under WP2, that is Module 1: Competing models of developmental capitalism, an assessment of the varieties of capitalism employed in specific institutional contexts, structured by the state, domestic enterprises of different sorts and global engagements; Module 2: Special Economic Zones (SEZs), a review of regional production networks that explores the extent to which integration has supported or hampered Southeast Asian countries from pursuing industrial upgrading; and Module 3: Labour mobility across different regimes and social security frameworks, an appraisal of “circulatory migration”, the lives of female industrial workers after they cease to participate in it, and the consequences and implications for social security policy of the precarization of labour.

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