A book of original studies which suggests the different political outcomes which flow from industrialisation and economic development. It evaluates the various academic approaches to these questions, and then turns to a series of case studies of Southeast Asian countries.
After the international success of Southeast Asia in the 1980s, three of Australia's best-known academics in the field have brought together a group of specialists on Southeast Asian politics to produce a completely new volume.
Southeast Asia in the 1990s is a book of original studies which suggests the different political outcomes which flow from industrialisation and economic development. It evaluates the various academic approaches to these questions, and then turns to a series of case studies of Southeast Asian countries. These examine changes to, and tensions in, existing patterns of military rule, authoritarianism, and the progress of democracy as capitalism cuts a swathe through contemporary Southeast Asia.
The book explains the pressures for reform which are being addressed by the Communist regime in Vietnam, and discusses why it is that rich Sultanate of Brunei has been able to minimise such pressures. It examines the booming economies of Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, and grapples with the difficulties of democratic reform in the face of the distinctive forms of authoritarianism in those countries. Finally, the progress of democratic reform in the Philippines since the fall of the Marcos regime is considered.
Southeast Asia in the 1990s provides invaluable, up-to-date and informed analysis of the very rapid political and economic changes taking place in the most dynamic region of the world.
The three editors of this volume are academic staff of Murdoch University: Kevin Hewison and Garry Rodan lecture in politics in the School of Social Sciences and Richard Robison is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies. All three are closely associated with the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, and have written and published widely in the field of Southeast Asian affairs. Other contributors to the volume are Melanie Beresford, Geoffrey Gunn, Harold Crouch and Jane Hutchison.
Table Of Contents:
1 Introduction: Changing forms of state power in Southeast Asia
2 Political power in industrialising capitalist societies: Theoretical approaches
3 Indonesia: Tensions in state and regime
4 Preserving the one-party state in contemporary Singapore
5 Rentier capitalism in Negara Brunei Darussalam
6 Malaysia: Neither authoritarian nor democratic
7 Of regimes, state and pluralities: Thai politics enters the 1990s
8 Class and state power in the Philippines
9 The political economy of dismantling the 'bureaucratic centralism and subsidy system' in Vietnam
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