The Political Theory of Tyranny in Singapore and Burma: Aristotle and the Rhetoric of Benevolent Despotism, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Political Theory of Tyranny in Singapore and Burma

Aristotle and the Rhetoric of Benevolent Despotism, 1st Edition

By Stephen McCarthy


304 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Covering various fields in political science, this new book presents an historical and political-cultural analysis of Buddhism and Confucianism.

Using Singapore and Burma as case studies, the book questions the basic assumptions of democratization theory, examining the political science of tyranny and exploring the rhetorical manipulation of religion for the purpose of political legitimacy.

A welcome addition to the political science and Asian studies literature, McCarthy addresses many of the current issues that underlie the field of democratization in comparative politics and discusses the issue of imposing Western cultural bias in studying non-Western regimes by analyzing rhetorical traits that are universally regular in politics.


'As befits a book based on doctoral thesis, those looking for references for further reading will not be disappointed.' - The Commonwealth Lawyer

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Intellectual Crisis in Comparative Politics 3. The Political Science of Tyranny 4. Tyranny in Singapore? 5. The Rhetoric of Asian Values 6. Stability and Justice in Singapore 7. Tyranny in Burma 8. Buddhist Political Rhetoric 9. Stability and Justice in Burma 10. Conclusion

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Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies