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Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia
     

Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia

by Dan Slater
 

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ISBN-10: 0521165458

ISBN-13: 9780521165457

Pub. Date: 08/09/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Like the postcolonial world more generally, Southeast Asia exhibits tremendous variation in state capacity and authoritarian durability. Ordering Power draws on theoretical insights dating back to Thomas Hobbes to develop a unified framework for explaining both of these political outcomes. States are especially strong and dictatorships especially durable when they

Overview

Like the postcolonial world more generally, Southeast Asia exhibits tremendous variation in state capacity and authoritarian durability. Ordering Power draws on theoretical insights dating back to Thomas Hobbes to develop a unified framework for explaining both of these political outcomes. States are especially strong and dictatorships especially durable when they have their origins in “protection pacts”: broad elite coalitions unified by shared support for heightened state power and tightened authoritarian controls as bulwarks against especially threatening and challenging types of contentious politics. These coalitions provide the elite collective action underpinning strong states, robust ruling parties, cohesive militaries, and durable authoritarian regimes – all at the same time. Comparative-historical analysis of seven Southeast Asian countries (Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Vietnam, and Thailand) reveals that subtly divergent patterns of contentious politics after World War II provide the best explanation for the dramatic divergence in Southeast Asia’s contemporary states and regimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521165457
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/09/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
1,209,007
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Puzzles and Arguments: 1. To extract and to organize; 2. States and the regimes that run them; Part II. Contentious Politics and the Institutions of Order: 3. Colonialism, cleavages, and the contours of contention; 4. Mobilization and countermobilization amid colonial retreat; 5. Varieties of violence in authoritarian onset; Part III. The Foundations and Fates of Authoritarian Leviathans: 6. Protection and provision in authoritarian leviathans; 7. Contentious politics and the struggle for democratization; Part IV. Extending the Arguments: 8. Congruent cases in Southeast Asia; 9. The consequences of contention.

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