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.


'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/Warwick Studies in Globalisation

What is globalisation and does it matter? How can we measure it? What are its policy implications? The Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick is an international site for the study of key questions such as these in the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. Its agenda is avowedly interdisciplinary. The work of the Centre will be showcased in this new series.

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