Rethinking Southeast Asia

Series Editor: Duncan McCargo

Southeast Asia is a dynamic and rapidly-changing region which continues to defy predictions and challenge formulaic understandings. This series will publish cutting-edge work on the region, providing a venue for books that are readable, topical, interdisciplinary and critical of conventional views. It aims to communicate the energy, contestations and ambiguities that make Southeast Asia both consistently fascinating and sometimes potentially disturbing.

  • The Politics of Decentralisation in Cambodia

    By Netra Eng

    International development efforts have increasingly focussed on governance and institutional reform as a means to address poverty and accountability, in particular decentralisation reform wherein public officials are held accountable for their decisions and responses to the voices and demands of…

    Hardback – 2016-04-30 
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  • Transnational Islamic Actors and Indonesia’s Foreign Policy

    Transcending the State

    By Delphine Alles

    The past fifteen years have seen Indonesia move away from authoritarianism to a thriving yet imperfect democracy. During this time, the archipelago attracted international attention as the most-populated Muslim-majority country in the world. As religious issues and actors have been increasingly…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15 
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  • Reporting Thailand's Southern Conflict

    Mediating Political Dissent

    By Phansasiri Kularb

    Since 2004, Thailand’s southern border provinces have been plagued by violence. There are a wide array of explanations for this violence, from the revival of Malay nationalist movements and the influence from the global trend of radical Islam, to the power play among the regional underground crime…

    Hardback – 2015-11-29 
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  • Politics and the Press in Thailand

    Media Machinations

    By Duncan McCargo

    This is the first book in the English language to examine the tangled web of relationships linking newspaper owners, editors and reporters, with leading politicians and power-holders. Duncan McCargo has been granted unique access to the editorial meetings of Thailand's leading newspapers, and…

    Paperback – 2015-08-03
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  • The Politics of NGOs in Indonesia

    Developing Democracy and Managing a Movement

    By Bob S. Hadiwinata

    This book deals with two major issues: how Indonesian NGOs survived under Suharto's authoritarian rule; and how NGOs contributed to the promotion of democracy in the post-Suharto era. If NGOs are to change from 'development' to 'movement' in democratic post-Suharto Indonesia, they must adjust not…

    Paperback – 2015-08-03
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  • Changing Political Economy of Vietnam

    The Case of Ho Chi Minh City

    By Martin Gainsborough

    This book explores the way in which the state has become commercialised under reform as party and government officials have gone into business and considers the impact that this has had on politics within Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The book charts the way in which power has been decentralised to…

    Paperback – 2015-08-03
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  • Politics and Governance in Indonesia

    The Police in the Era of Reformasi

    By Muradi

    How does an authoritarian state reform its police force following a transition to democracy? In 1998, Indonesia, the third largest country in the world, faced just such a challenge. Policing had long been managed under the jurisdiction of the military, as an instrument of the Suharto regime – and…

    Hardback – 2014-05-18
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  • Civil Society in the Philippines

    Theoretical, Methodological and Policy Debates

    By Gerard Clarke

    Drawing on qualitative and quantitative research, this book provides a path-breaking account of civil society in the Philippines. It challenges the widespread belief in political science and development studies literature that civil society in developing countries is an institutional arena in which…

    Hardback – 2012-09-17
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  • Decentralization and Adat Revivalism in Indonesia

    The Politics of Becoming Indigenous

    By Adam D. Tyson

    This book examines the dynamic process of political transition and indigenous (adat) revival in newly decentralized Indonesia. The political transition in May 1998 set the stage for the passing of Indonesia’s framework decentralization laws. These laws include both political and technocratic…

    Paperback – 2012-04-15
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  • Truth on Trial in Thailand

    Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté

    By David Streckfuss

    Since 2005, Thailand has been in crisis, with unprecedented political instability and the worst political violence seen in the country in decades. In the aftermath of a military coup in 2006, Thailand’s press freedom ranking plunged, while arrests for lèse-majesté have skyrocketed to levels unknown…

    Paperback – 2011-04-10
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  • Living at the Edge of Thai Society

    The Karen in the Highlands of Northern Thailand

    By Claudio Delang

    The Karen are one of the major ethnic minority groups in the Himalayan highlands, living predominantly in the border area between Thailand and Burma. As the largest ethnic minority in Thailand, they have often been in conflict with the Thai majority. This book is the first major ethnographic and…

    Paperback – 2010-09-16
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  • Virtual Thailand

    The Media and Cultural Politics in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore

    By Glen Lewis

    Written by an established expert on Thailand, this is one of the first books to fully investigate the Thai media’s role during the Thaksin government’s first term. Incorporating political economy and media theory, the book provides a unique insight into globalization in Southeast Asia, analyzing…

    Paperback – 2009-04-29
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  • Thailand Beyond the Crisis

    By Peter Warr

    Thailand Beyond the Crisis includes recent research to give an accurate and up to date picture of the status of Thailand's economic recovery. The Asian economic crisis began in Thailand and ended a decade of sustained economic boom. This book identifies the role of policy errors involving both the…

    Paperback – 2004-09-08
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  • Rethinking Vietnam

    By Duncan McCargo

    A uniquely comprehensive overview of a fascinating and rapidly changing country, dealing with the politics, economics, society and foreign policy of Vietnam from the Doi Moi reforms of market socialism in 1986 to the present day. Drawing on fieldwork and analysis by an international team of…

    Paperback – 2004-04-21
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  • Military Politics and Democratization in Indonesia

    By Jun Honna

    The military have had a key role to play in Indonesia's recent history and may well have a decisive role to play in her future. This book looks at the role of the military in the downfall of Suharto and their ongoing influence on the succeeding governments of B.J. Habibie and Abdurrahman Wahid. The…

    Hardback – 2003-01-08
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  • Democracy and National Identity in Thailand

    By Michael Kelly Connors

    This book seeks to illuminate how Thai elites have used democracy as an instrument for order and discipline. Drawing on interviews, numerous Thai language sources, and critical theory, the author reveals a remarkable adaptation of the idea of democracy in the Thai context. Connors shows how elites…

    Hardback – 2002-10-16
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