Southeast Asia offers a rich tapestry of comparatively
under-studied countries that shed light on political dynamics and
political economy within developing states. Some countries manage
rapid economic development while others do not; Southeast Asia is
home to some of the fastest growing economies in the last forty
years (e.g. Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and later Indonesia)
alongside economic basket cases (e.g. Burma) and chronic
under-performers (e.g. the Philippines).
In addition, there are abundant examples of political
transitions to or from democracy to be found in the region, along
with countries that seem to function stably somewhere between
democracy and autocracy. (Indonesia s experiment with democracy is
a critical case study in the compatibility of Islam with
This new four-volume collection from Routledge represents a
unique compilation of the best work on modern Southeast Asian
politics, and as such will be an invaluable resource for students
and instructors interested in the region. It will also appeal to
those interested in the politics of the developing world more
generally and who are looking to the experiences of the countries
that form Southeast Asia for invaluable case studies that resonate
in a wider political and economic context.
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