The Promise of Prosperity

The Promise of Prosperity

Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste

The Promise of Prosperity Edited by: Judith Bovensiepen

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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.

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ISBN (print):
9781760462529
ISBN (online):
9781760462536
Imprint:
ANU Press
DOI:
http://doi.org/10.22459/PP.2018
Series:
Pacific Series
Disciplines:
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Science: Environmental Sciences; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Social Policy & Administration
Countries:
Timor-Leste

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