Using the four principal functions of universities, this article examines several key dilemmas relating to governance of higher education in South East Asia, specifically in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
In order to tease out the narrative detail behind such overarching issues as corruption, state capacity, public goods, the education sector and political economy in the Thai case, this thesis questions the impact of corrupt transactions on collective goods provision.
Combating corruption is now high on the policy agenda across Asia. However, many policymakers are handicapped by the lack of useful analytical tools. Why do some policies and programs work in some countries, and fail in others?