Southeast Asia in the New International Era

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9780813344041: Southeast Asia in the New International Era

The fifth edition of Southeast Asia in the New International Era highlights the dramatic political events sweeping the region in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Where economic boom and crisis dominated events in the 1990s, political development and instability defines much of the region today. The promise of democracy in Thailand continues to slide amidst the forces of populism, military coup d'état, constitutional crisis, and the politicization of the judiciary. Political freedom in Indonesia, by contrast, charts new territory as young democratic institutions strengthen. Vietnam’s single-party rule delivers ongoing economic promise at the cost of political liberalization while the politics of patronage inhibits Cambodia’s overall development. Burma’s military regime maintains its grip on power by suppressing political opponents and Malaysia keeps communalism at bay while its long-standing parliamentary majority appears increasingly fragile. In the Philippines, the patterns of personalism, corruption, and elite rule plague democratic political development while Singapore’s stable corporatist state stands in contrast to the struggling government of newly formed Timor-Leste. Occurring even as the U.S. War on Terror and China’s rise creates new challenges, these changes and others are analyzed in this new fifth edition.

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About the Author:

Robert Dayley is associate professor of international political economy and Asian studies at The College of Idaho.

Clark D. Neher is emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of political science and former director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University.

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 “One of America’s premier Southeast Asia scholars, Clark Neher, and his co-author, Robert Dayley, assess the major regional players and issues in this new edition of the highly regarded Southeast Asia in the New International Era. Exploring the current impact of transnational terrorism, globalization, economic volatility, and the region’s relations with the great powers, this volume is an excellent choice for students, business people, and policymakers.” —Sheldon Simon, Arizona State University

“Few texts available to students contain simultaneously the breadth (all countries, including Brunei and Timor-Leste) and depth of timely information on the latest developments in Southeast Asia. The authors have compiled a thorough historical and cultural account, but also of political developments in a way that distinguishes this book. There are even select indicators that help to define these nations in comparative perspective. I have been waiting for something like this for my course on The Politics of Southeast Asia. Working from unpublished proofs, students have already been impressed with both the coverage and detail of these discussions of the nations of Southeast Asia. I know of no better introduction to the region as a whole. It is exactly what I have been looking for.” —Robert B. Albritton, University of Mississippi 

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