Political Virtue and Economic Leadership: A Southeast Asian Paradox.
Nov 13, 2000
Hilton Root

Throughout the world, regimes endure despite rampant corruption. How can leaders stay in power by mismanaging their nations' resources?

By comparing the governing style of Lee Kuan Yew (1959-90)and Ferdinand Marcos (1965-86), two East Asian heads of state known for extreme political acumen, we observe that the availability of resources for distribution as patronage can influence a leader's choice between rule through good governance and rule through mismanagement.