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. Now available in paperback, 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.
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
William Case is professor and Head of School of Politics, History and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He was formerly professor at City University of Hong Kong and director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre there. He has held visiting positions at the University of Malaya, the National University of Malaysia, the University (Institute) MARA in Malaysia, University of Philippines at Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, Yuchengco Centre at De La Salle University in Manila, Chulalongkorn University, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta.
"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