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Politics in contemporary Southeast Asia : authority, democracy and political change / Damien Kingsbury.

By: Material type: TextTextPublisher: London ; New York : Routledge,Taylor & Francis Group, 2017Copyright date: �2017Description: 197 pages ; 25 cmContent type:
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
ISBN:
  • 9781138889446
  • 9781138889439
Subject(s): LOC classification:
  • DS526.7 .K56 2017
Contents:
Introduction -- Political processes in Southeast Asia -- Vietnam -- Laos -- Cambodia -- Malaysia -- Singapore -- Brunei -- Myanmar -- Thailand -- The Philippines -- Indonesia -- Timor-Leste -- Southeast Asian regionalism.
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Book Book AUPP Library Main Room DS526.7 .K56 2017 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 00002286

Includes bibliographical references (pages 172-190) and index.

Introduction -- Political processes in Southeast Asia -- Vietnam -- Laos -- Cambodia -- Malaysia -- Singapore -- Brunei -- Myanmar -- Thailand -- The Philippines -- Indonesia -- Timor-Leste -- Southeast Asian regionalism.

Patron comment on 2019-11-08

This book is an introduction to political change, regional governance, and democratic legitimacy in Southeast Asia. The author categorizes SEA nations into four main groupings: 1. Hard Single Party States (VT, LA, KH), 2. Soft Dominant Power States (MY, SG, BN), 3. Transitional States (MM, TH), and 4. Democractising and Democratic States (ID, PH, TL). The book takes a case study approach by presenting each country in a single chapter before concluding with a chapter on Southeast Asian regionalism. Ethno-nationalist models for the state are seen in (KH, BN, SG, and TH) while less ethnically coherent states of (ID, MM, and PH) resist this type of nationalism. Instead, post-colonial geographic borders dominate and approximate the mandala concentric power circles of pre-colonialism as in TH and MM with the Lanna or Shan people or in MY where Malay, Chinese, and Tamil are still institutionally important. However, there are mostly not separatist movements in SEA excepting the Acehnese who claim being Aceh is contingent upon speaking the language and not tied to any particular geno-typical ethnicity, ethnic Malays in southern Thailand, and others like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the Philippines. Contemporary SEA is shaped first by the ending of the Cold War primarily by the elimination of support for vassal states and the ending of proxy wars between the USA and former USSR, and more recently the Asian Financial Crisis. The book is written with a normative approach by the author whose goals are for moving towards a more democratic politics in the region.

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