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1st Edition

Political Oppositions in Industrialising Asia

Edited By

Garry Rodan

ISBN 9780415148658
Published October 2, 1996 by Routledge
358 Pages

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Book Description

Industrialization has meant sweeping social transformations across Asia. Some political commentators have predicted that the expansion of civil society and the rapid development of liberal democracy will necessarily follow. The contributors to this volume dissect the extent of political opposition in Asia and analyze the nature of new social movements outside institutional party politics which are contesting the exercise of state power. Nine original case studies explore the variety of political oppositions across Asia, from non-governmental organizations and the formal opponents of the PAP in Singapore to Chinese dissidents based outside the People's Republic of China. All take up the challenge of looking at political opposition in the light of the new social phenomenon of the rising middle class or 'new rich' of Asia. Garry Rodan's hard-hitting analysis of the problems of current political theorizing in relation to Asia sets the case studies firmly in the context of wider debates about democratization. Political Oppositions in Industrialising Asia shatters complacent assumptions about the progress of liberal democracy.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Theorising political opposition in East and Southeast Asia, Garry Rodan; Chapter 2 The ebb and flow of civil society and the decline of the Left in Southeast Asia, Kevin Hewison, Garry Rodan; Chapter 3 Political oppositions and regime change in Thailand, Kevin Hewison; Chapter 4 State—society relations and political opposition in Singapore, Garry Rodan; Chapter 5 The syncretic state and the structuring of oppositional politics in Malaysia, James V. Jesudason; Chapter 6 The changing ruling elite and political opposition in China, Anita Chan; Chapter 7 Chinese political opposition in exile, He Baogang; Chapter 8 The broadening base of political opposition in Indonesia, Edward Aspinall; Chapter 9 Indonesian middle-class opposition in the 1990s, Ariel Heryanto; Chapter 10 New social movements and the changing nature of political opposition in South Korea, Bronwen Dalton, James Cotton; Chapter 11 Mobilisational authoritarianism and political opposition in Taiwan, Shelley Rigger;

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Garry Rodan is Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University.