Democratisation, Governance and Regionalism in East and Southeast Asia

A Comparative Study

Edited by Ian Marsh

Series Editor: Prof Richard Higgott (S Ed)

© 2006 – Routledge

274 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This new collection of essays compares the development of central institutions of governance in the emerging democracies of East and South East Asia.

Seven key countries are covered: Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Save for Singapore and Malaysia, all have democratized over the past decade. Because of its constitutive implications for citizen identities, democratization is arguably of even greater potential significance than the economic take-off that preceded it.

But there are distinctive features that give the experience of these seven states especial relevance. First, unlike analogous western patterns, democratic transitions in Asia have been top-down in character. Second, the implementation of basic democratic forms was highly compressed in time. Third there were (and are), in most countries, no major ideological or programmatic cleavages. Thus the bases around which contending political forces might organize are not immediately clear. This may affect the outlook for partisanship and mobilization. There has been no synoptic, comparative study of these developments on a region-wide scale. This book fills the gap extremely well.

Reviews

'This collection of essays explores comparatively the development of central institutions of governance in the emerging democracies of East and SE Asia: Taiwan; Korea; Thailand; Singapore; Malaysia; Indonesia; and the Philippines.'

- Oxfam's Development Resources Review

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1: Representation 2. Political Culture 3. Asian Values 4. Political Parties Part 2: Governance 5. Executives 6. Bureaucracies 7. Economic Governance Part 3: Regionalisation Economic Regionalism 9.Japan as a Template Part 4: Conclusion 10.Democratisation, Regionalisation and State Capacity in East and South East Asia

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (www.warwick.ac.uk/csgr), the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.

Associate Editors:

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK

Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Australia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General