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Changing Constellations of Southeast Asia

From Northeast Asia to China, 1st Edition

Edited by Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Abdul Rahman Embong, Siew Yean Tham


312 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Southeast Asia is among emerging economies that have become important drivers of the world economy. ASEAN has furthered the region’s economic integration. Yet, growth remains dependent on foreign investment. Inequality has grown or remained high. Democracy, instead of consolidating, has stalled or regressed.

Changing Constellations of Southeast Asia seeks to:

  • Shed light on the gap between Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia from a variety of viewpoints, across trade and industry, services and education and language policies;
  • Examine institutions and elite capture to understand why middle-tier Southeast Asian countries have failed in following the ‘East Asian miracle’;
  • Examine China’s growing influence and how this growing role affects Southeast Asia as a constellation.

Contributing to critical political economy and comparative development studies in East Asia, this timely volume will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in Southeast Asia studies, International Political Economy, Development sociology and economics, Social Policy and Asian Politics.


Cast in terms of its embeddedness in two successive ‘constellations’ of economic, political and socio-cultural power (the first driven by Northeast Asia, the second by China), the chapters of this volume contain materials, ideas and arguments vital to rethinking Southeast Asia’s global significance. For anyone seeking cutting-edge knowledge about contemporary Southeast Asian development – including both the opportunities and dangers inherent in its future prospects – this is the book you need.

Jeffrey Henderson, University of Bristol

This volume contains gems on East Asian economies including China as well as for those interested in comparative analysis. Nederveen Pieterse, Rahman and Tham have provided editorial coherence to the chapters which reflect on the region’s miracle, debacle, trajectories and options for the future.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram, former economics professor, UN Assistant Secretary General, 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

This is a most enlightening book about contemporary Southeast Asia. Readers will profit immensely from the useful comparisons between ASEAN and Northeast Asia, thoughtful analyses of the role of domestic institutions on socio-economic performance, and insightful projections of future China-ASEAN relations. I am proud that scholarship on Southeast Asia has advanced so impressively.

Wing Thye Woo, University of California Davis, Fudan University, Shanghai; President of Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Table of Contents





1 Southeast and Northeast Asia

1 Jan Nederveen Pieterse

What happened to the Miracle Eight? Looking East in the twenty-first century

2 Andrew Kam Jia Yi

Dynamics of trade and value added in Factory Asia

3 Fazal Rizvi

Higher education in Southeast Asia

4 Zawiah Yahya

The rise of global English and language policies of China, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand

2 Institutions

5 Terence Gomez and Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux

Diversity of Southeast Asian Capitalisms:

Evolving State-Business Relations in Malaysia

6 Marc Saxer

How to escape the transformation trap: Building social consensus for sustainable development

7 Tim Rackett

Thailand: Exception to the rule, or rule by exception?

3 Southeast Asia and China

8 Jan Nederveen Pieterse

Changing constellations of Southeast Asia

9 Abdul Rahman Embong

The charms of China’s New Silk Routes: Connecting the dots in Southeast Asia

10 Siew Yean Tham

Examining the shift to services: Malaysia and China compared

11Sufian Jusoh

Economic diplomacy in ASEAN: the case of Myanmar and China investment relations

12 Rashila Ramli

Southeast Asia and China relations: Desecuritizing the South China Sea

About the Editors

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Distinguished Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

Abdul Rahman Embong is Emeritus Professor in Sociology of Development and Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia.

Siew Yean Tham is a Senior Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Emerging Societies

The baton of driving the world economy is passing to emerging economies. This is not just an economic change, but a social change, with migration flows changing direction towards surplus economies; a political change, as in the shift from the G7 to G20; and over time, cultural changes. This also means that the problems of emerging societies will increasingly become world problems. This series addresses the growing importance of BRIC (Brazil Russia India China) and rising societies such as South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, the UAE and Mexico. The term ‘emerging societies’ refers to concerns wider than just emerging markets or emerging powers, taking a kaleidoscopic approach that ranges from political economy, finance, technology and IP to social movements, culture, art and aesthetics. The series focuses on problems generated by emergence such as social inequality, cultural change, media, ethnic and religious strife, ecological constraints, relations with advanced and developing societies, and new regionalism, with a particular interest in addressing debates and social reflexivity in emerging societies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General