Today I am attending a short course organised by IKMAS with a theme GLOBALIZATION AND STATE AUTONOMY. This course intends to examine the interaction between various aspects of globalization and Malaysian government policies in a number of areas or sectors. It will first provide a brief overview of globalization debates, particularly on the issue of whether states have autonomy and policy space under globalization. With that as the introductory background, the course will go into details on the interaction between globalization processes at various stages of Malaysian development with the evolution of the Malaysian state and also on the background for the Look East Policy and its relevance (or lack of) today for Malaysia. It will also discuss how globalization interacts with policies on trade and investment, income distribution and poverty eradication, governance and competitiveness of small and medium enterprises, and migrant labour flows. It will then examine how globalization impacts upon Islamization and Islamist politics, as well as the issues of national identity. The course, facilitated by a multidisciplinary team of IKMAS fellows, adopts an essentially historical approach, in most cases, from the 1970s to the present. The course builds on earlier courses on discourses on globalization provided by IKMAS in the past. Participants interested in attending the course should also read publications by IKMAS fellows on the subject as well as other publications on globalization .
- Developmentalist State in Malaysia: Its Origins, Nature, and Contemporary Transformation by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rahman Embong
- The Look East Policy, The Asian Crisis, and State Autonomy by Prof. Dr. Lee Poh Ping
- Trade Liberalization and National Autonomy: Malaysia’s Experience atthe Multilateral and Bilateral Levels by Prof. Dr. Tham Siew Yean
- Cross Border Migration and State Policy in Malaysia by Prof. Dr. Azizah Kassim
- Poverty Eradication, Development, and Policy Space in Malaysia by Prof. Dr. Ragayah Haji Mat Zin
- Globalization and Governance of Small and Medium Enterprises by Prof. Madya Dr. Faridah Shahadan
- Globalization, Islamic Resurgence, and State Autonomy: The Response of the Malaysian State to ‘Islamic Globalization’ by Prof. Norani Othman
- Situating Nationhood in a Globalized World Culture by Dr. Helen Ting
Before we attended the above course we have to read a few books in order to understand more the subject matter. More over it will help our a roundtable discussion at the end of this course. The list of books that we required to study are :
Ishak Shari (editor Abdul Rahman Embong). 2008. Pembangunan: Mengejar Impian atau Harapan (Himpunan Esei Ishak Shari): Kuala Lumpur: DBP. (Baca khususnya Bahagian 1, Bab 1).
Ragayah Haji Mat Zin, Medhi Krongkaew (eds), 2008. Income Distribution and Sustainable Economic Development in East Asia: A Comparative Analysis. Bangi: Penerbit UKM. (Boleh didapati di IKMAS, RM50.00)
Tham Siew Yean, Lee Poh Ping, Norani Othman (eds), 2008. Community in ASEAN: Ideas and Practices. Bangi: Penerbit UKM. (Boleh didapati di IKMAS, RM30.00) Helen Ting, 2008, 'Social Construction of Nation - A Theoretical Exploration', Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 14:3, 453-482.
Azizah Kassim, 2007, Development and international migration in Malaysia: Patterns, policy and human rights. In Abdul Rahman Embong (ed.) Social Science and Malaysian National Development. Persatuan Sains Sosial Malaysia, Ampang Press Sdn Bhd. Kuala Lumpur, pp.107-147.
Messina A, & Lehav, G. 2006, The Migration Reader: Exploring Politics and Policies. Lynne Ryner Publisher, London.
Frank J. Lechner & John Boli, 2005, World Culture - Origins and Consequences, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Azizah Kassim, 2005, Security and social implications of cross-national migration in Malaysia. In Mohamed Jawhar Hassan (ed.), Pacifying The Pacific, Confronting The Challenges. Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 259 –288.
Abdul Rahman Embong (ed.), 2004. Globalisation, Culture & Inequalities: In Honour of Ishak Shari, Penerbit UKM, (Boleh didapati di IKMAS, RM60.00 untuk kulit nipis dan RM100.00 untuk kulit tebal).
Cornelius W.A, et al, 2004, Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California.
Brettle, & Hollifield J.F, 2000, Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines. Rutledge, New York.
Held, David (et al), 1999, Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Meyer, John W. et al., 1997, 'World Society and the Nation-State', American Journal of Sociology, 103:1, 144-81.