The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia / Edition 1

The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia / Edition 1

by R. H. Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521564433

ISBN-13: 9780521564434

Pub. Date: 07/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Though most governments in Southeast Asia are widely described as authoritarian, elections have been a feature of politics in the region for many decades. This volume, bringing together eleven separate studies by leading authorities, examines the countries that have conducted multi-party elections since the 1940s and 1950s — Indonesia, Malaysia, the

Overview

Though most governments in Southeast Asia are widely described as authoritarian, elections have been a feature of politics in the region for many decades. This volume, bringing together eleven separate studies by leading authorities, examines the countries that have conducted multi-party elections since the 1940s and 1950s — Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma/Myanmar, and Singapore. It identifies the common and distinguishing features of electoral politics in the region. The contributors to this volume, unlike most earlier students of politics in Southeast Asia, conclude that it is not something peculiar to the political culture of the region that shapes its political behavior. It is, rather, the same political forces and structures that shape politics in North America and Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521564434
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; List of contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction: the study of elections in the politics of Southeast Asia R. H. Taylor; 1. Elections and participation in three Southeast Asian countries Benedict R. Anderson; 2. A useful fiction: democratic legitimization in New Order Indonesia R. William Liddle; 3. Elections without representation: the Singapore experience under the PAP Garry Rodan; 4. Elections' Janus face: limitations and potential in Malaysia K. S. Jomo; 5. Malaysia: do elections make a difference? Harold Crouch; 6. Contested meanings of elections in the Philippines Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet; 7. Elections in Burma/Mynmar: for whom and why? R. H. Taylor; 8. Elections and democratization in Thailand Suchit Bunbongkarn; 9. A tale of two democracies: conflicting perceptions of elections in Thai politics Anek Laothamatas; 10. The Cambodian elections of 1993: a case of power to the people? Kate G. Frieson; Afterword Dan S. Lev; Index.

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