Synopses & Reviews
South-East Asia: A Political Profile
is an ideal introduction to the politics of South-East Asia. It introduces the key themes and issues that influence politics in the region, also examining differences and trends. The text looks at methods of achieving power and styles of government and the effect of modernization. It investigates the relationship between authority and legitimacy, and civil and political rights. Other topics include economic development, security issues, terrorism, nationalism, and communism.
The text then examines each country individually, revealing how its politics are shaped by local conditions, history, and influences, and identifies its key political procedures and institutions. It provides an excellent background to the political systems and processes in the region and a highly useful overview of each individual country.
In addition to outlining the political processes and institutions of the countries in Southeast Asia, this valuable volume traces their past and explains how they have transformed themselves into the countries they are today. It is the perfect text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Asian studies, political science, and history. It is also the ideal book for all those desiring a better understanding of the intricate political society of Southeast Asia.
About the Author
is Senior Lecturer in International Development at Deakin University, Victoria where he focuses on political development in South East Asia generally and Indonesia in particular.
Table of Contents
1. Constructing the Modern State
2. Authority and Legitimacy
3. Economic and Political Development
4. Security Issues
5. Burma: The Garrison State
6. Thailand: The Survivor Mandala
7. Laos: The Land in Between
8. Cambodia: "The Dancing Country"
9. Vietnam: The Little Dragon
10. Malaysia: Inclusion and Exclusion
11. Brunei: Floating on Oil
12. Phillipines: Oligarchic Democracy
13. Singapore: The Corporate State
14. Indonesia: Diversity in Unity
15. East Timor: The Difficult Birth of a New State