Political Legitimacy in Southeast Asia: The Quest for Moral Authority

Political Legitimacy in Southeast Asia: The Quest for Moral Authority

by Muthiah Alagappa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804725608

ISBN-13: 9780804725606

Pub. Date: 11/28/1995

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Despite the end of the Cold War, security continues to be a critical concern of Asian states. Allocations of state revenues to the security sector continue to be substantial and have, in fact, increased in several countries. As Asian nations construct a new security architecture for the Asia-Pacific region, Asian security has received increased attention by the

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Despite the end of the Cold War, security continues to be a critical concern of Asian states. Allocations of state revenues to the security sector continue to be substantial and have, in fact, increased in several countries. As Asian nations construct a new security architecture for the Asia-Pacific region, Asian security has received increased attention by the scholarly community. But most of that scholarship has focused on specific issues or selected countries. This book aims to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of Asian security by investigating conceptions of security in sixteen Asian countries. The book undertakes an ethnographic, country-by-country study of how Asian states conceive of their security. For each country, it identifies and explains the security concerns and behavior of central decision makers, asking who or what is to be protected, against what potential threats, and how security policies have changed over time. This inside-out or bottom-up approach facilitates both identification of similarities and differences in the security thinking and practice of Asian countries and exploration of their consequences. The crucial insights into the dynamics of international security in the region provided by this approach can form the basis for further inquiry, including debates about the future of the region.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804725606
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
A Note on Thai and Vietnamese Names
Introduction1
1The Anatomy of Legitimacy11
2The Bases of Legitimacy31
3Contestation and Crisis54
4Malaysia: Aspects and Audiences of Legitimacy69
5Singapore: Political Legitimacy Through Managing Conformity108
6The Philippines: The Languages of Legitimation136
7Burma: The Depoliticization of the Political170
8Thailand: The Evolution of Legitimacy193
9Indonesia: Historicizing the New Order's Legitimacy Dilemma224
10Vietnam: The Changing Models of Legitimation257
11Seeking a More Durable Basis of Authority293
Notes337
Bibliography397
Index433

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