TY - BOOK ID - 31117 TI - The Promise of Prosperity AU - Bovensiepen, Judith PY - 2018 SN - 9781760462529 DB - DOAB KW - Timor-Leste KW - Social Policy KW - Economic Development KW - Oil UR - https://www.doabooks.org/doab?func=search&query=rid:31117 AB - 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.