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Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization

1st Edition

Edited by William Case


464 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Southeast Asia, an economically dynamic and strategically vital region, seemed until recently to be transiting to more democratic politics. This progress has suddenly stalled or even gone into reverse, requiring that analysts seriously rethink their expectations and theorizing. The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization provides the first book-length account of the reasons for democracy’s declining fortunes in the region today. Combining theory and case studies, it is structured in four major sections:

  • Stunted Trajectories and Unhelpful Milieus
  • Wavering Social Forces
  • Uncertain Institutions
  • Country cases and democratic guises

This interdisciplinary reference work addresses topics including the impact of belief systems, historical records, regional and global contexts, civil society, ethnicity, women, Islam, and social media. The performance of political institutions is also assessed, and the volume offers a series of in-depth case studies, evaluating the country records of particular democratic, hybrid, and authoritarian regimes from a democratization perspective. Bringing together nearly 30 key international experts in the field, this cutting-edge Handbook offers a comprehensive and fresh investigation into democracy in the region

This timely survey will be essential reading for scholars and students of Democratization and Asian Politics, as well as policymakers concerned with democracy’s setbacks in Southeast Asia and the implications for the region’s citizens.


"Overall, the editor has organized a good review of a complex and diverse region. There are bibliographic references in each chapter. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."

--G. A. McBeath, emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks, CHOICE

Table of Contents

Part 1: Stunted Trajectories and Unhelpful Milieus 1. Democracy’s Mixed Fortunes in Southeast Asia: Torpor, Change, and Tradeoffs William Case 2. Dead idea (still) walking: the legacy of the "Asian democracy and values" debate Mark R Thompson 3. Democratization & Human Rights in Southeast Asia Sorpong Peou 4.ASEAN, Regionalism and Democracy Mark Beeson and Kelly Gerard 5.The Global Context of Regime Change Thomas B. Pepinsky Part 2: Wavering Social Forces 6.Demystifying ‘People Power’: An Elite Interpretation of ‘Democratization’ in Southeast Asia Yuki Fukuoka 7.The Middle Class and Democracy in Southeast Asia Aim Sinpeng and Aries A. Arugay 8.Conflict, Oppositional Spaces and Political Representation in Southeast Asia Garry Rodan 9.Civil Society and Democratisation in Southeast Asia: What is the Connection? Meredith L. Weiss 10.Ethnicity and Democracy Joel Sawat Selway 11. Islam and Political Democracy Robert W. Hefner 12.Women and democracy in Southeast Asia Susan Blackburn 13. Hype or Hubris? The Political Impact of the Internet and Social Networking in Southeast Asia Jason Abbott Part 3: Uncertain Institutions 14. Electoral Systems in Southeast Asia Benjamin Reilly 15. Rethinking Party System Institutionalization in Southeast Asia and Beyond Allen Hicken and Erik Martinez Kuhonta 16.Democracy, Hybridity, and Accountability in Southeast Asia’s Legislatures William Case 17. Courts and Judicialization in Southeast Asia Bjoern Dressel 18. Democracy, the Rule of Law and Governance in Southeast Asia Natasha Hamilton-Hart 19. Money Politics: Patronage and Clientelism in Southeast Asia Edward Aspinall 20. Southeast Asian Militaries in the Age of Democratization – From Ruler to Servant? Aurel Croissant Part 4: Country cases and democratic guises 21. Can the Philippines’ Wild Oligarchy Be Tamed? Nathan Gilbert Quimpo 22. Democracy in Thailand: Theory and Practice Federico Ferrara 23.Indonesia: Democratic Consolidation and Stagnation under Yudhoyono, 2004-2014 Marcus Mietzner 24. Singapore: from hegemonic to competitive authoritarianism Stephan Ortmann 25. Malaysia: Pseudo-democracy and the making of a Malay-Islamic State James Chin 26. Myanmar: Transition, Praetorian Politics, and the Prospects for Democratic Change Renaud Egreteau 27. Democracy and Vietnam Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet

About the Editor

William Case is professor in Asian and International Relations and former director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at City University of Hong Kong. He has held teaching or visiting research positions at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the National University of Malaysia, the University (Institute) MARA in Shah Alam, Malaysia, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Centre for Strategies and International Studies in Jakarta, Indonesia. His most recent book is Contemporary Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General