Government & Politics in Southeast Asia

Government & Politics in Southeast Asia
John Funston, editor
Date of publication:  2001
Publisher:  ISEAS / ZED
Number of pages:  435
Code:  BM208
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789812301338
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"The layout and composition are exceptionally clear for a collection of chapters by disparate authors.... this is a model textbook and reference book on the domestic governments and politics of the Southeast Asian states" (New Zealand International Review).

"For those wanting a basic political introduction to all of Southeast Asia, this is the best book available" (Asian Journal of Political Science).

"This book brings together eight other contributors to explore the institutional structures and problems of national politics in Southeast Asia. This is its goal and strength. This goal is vital because, at present, there exist only a handlful of single-voume collections on this dynamic topic" (Progress in Development Studies).

"It is a volume that would provide a solid introduction for a course on contemporary Southeast Asia. Additionally, as with all good introductory surveys of the region, it provides an orderly and accurate basis generating questions about alternative interpretations of Southeast Asian government and politics" (Australian Journal of International Affairs).

About the publication

There has been an avalanche of publications on Southeast Asia in recent years, but no one volume provides an accurate and up-to-date account of political institutions and practices in the region. This book fills that gap.
           Each country chapter provides a broad overview of the historical, social and economic setting. It then analyses in detail the political "institutions" of that country -- the constitution, head of state, executive (cabinet and both military and civilian bureaucracies), the legislature, elections, the judiciary, political parties, ideology, civil society and human rights. Finally, it examines major traditional concerns of political scientists -- who rules, who benefits, and the extent of legitimacy -- before addressing the more modern preoccupation with governance.

Co-publication: ISEAS / ZED

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / ZED Books


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