British Business in Post-colonial Malaysia, 1957-70

British Business in Post-colonial Malaysia, 1957-70

Neo-colonialism or Disengagement?

eBook - 2004
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Taylor & Francis Publishing
This book explores the limits of the idea of 'neo-colonialism' - the idea that in the period immediately after independence Malaya/Malaysia enjoyed only a 'pseudo-independence', largely because of the entrenched and dominant position of British business interests allied to indigenous elites. The author argues that, although British business did indeed have a strong position in Malaysia in this period, Malaysian politicians and administrators were able to utilise British business, which was relatively weak vis-a-vis the Malaysian state, for their own ends, at the same time as indigenous businesses and foreign, non-British competitors were gathering strength. In addition, despite the commitment of both Conservative and Labour governments in the UK to preserving British influence worldwide through the Commonwealth relationship, British firms in Malaysia received only limited support from the British post-imperial state.

Publisher: London : RoutledgeCurzon, 2004
ISBN: 9780203333020
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 256 pages) : illustrations, maps


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