The publication of this book, comprising chapters written by distinguished scholars, is a timely recognition that these days we are bombarded by suggestions that kwledge is power, that we are operating in a kwledge ecomy, and that the greatest driver for financial growth and national development is the kwledge industry. There are more sources of kwledge available to a wider range of the world's population than ever before. The Internet has made the dissemination of kwledge possible in ways t contemplated fifty years ago. National boundaries are crossed with consummate ease. Kwledge is t like other assets. It can be accessed rapidly and used by thousands, often millions, of people. This makes kwledge as an asset that generated much of the wealth in the early development of most nations. And different countries and regions need different strategies to support and promote the growth of their kwledge ecomies. These call for nationally and regionally-based approaches, and they entail new dynamics and challenges in wealth creation, legal regulation, national and social organization and the protection of environmental and natural resources. This title is issued jointly by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and the London School of Ecomics and Political Science (LSE).