Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis

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This book argues that Southeast Asian political studies have made important contributions to theory building in comparative politics through a dialogue involving theory, area studies, and qualitative methodology. The book provides a state-of-the-art review of key topics in the field, including: state structures, political regimes, political parties, contentious politics, civil society, ethnicity, religion, rural development, globalization, and political economy. The chapters allow readers to trace the development of Southeast Asian politics and to address central debates in comparative politics. The book will serve as a valuable reference for undergraduate and graduate students, scholars of Southeast Asian politics, and comparativists engaged in theoretical debates at the heart of political science.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Southeast Asia in Political Science] is an excellent starting point for reinvigorating long-neglected debates about poverty and equity in Southeast Asia. It is theoretically and historically sophisticated, contains a wealth of information about social policy in Southeast Asia that is otherwise hard to access, and sets out some provocative ideas that deserve to be taken up and debated by scholars of Southeast Asian political economy from a wide range of theoretical perspectives."—Ben Thirkell-White, Contemporary Southeast Asia

"Southeast Asia in Political Science is successful on several grounds . . . the quality is high throughout, expertly edited for coherence and continuity. Invaluable for scholars of Southeast Asia, the volume also reaches out to scholars of other regions and comparative political scientists more broadly who might examine this book to reflect on the relationship between region, theory, and method and learn what Southeast Asia has to offer."—Ehito Kimura, Japanese Journal of Political Science.

"The scholarship here is excellent. These people know their region and its literature cold. This collection demonstrates the potential of qualitative Southeast Asian area studies to contribute to the broader accumulation of knowledge in political science, including the development of disciplinary theory." —Jack Snyder, Columbia University

"This collection consists of elegantly written, carefully crafted, intelligent, and interesting essays that will be of enormous value to scholars of the politics of Southeast Asia." —John Sidel, London School of Economics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804761529
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik Martinez Kuhonta is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. Dan Slater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Tuong Vu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon, Eugene.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Contributions of Southeast Asian Political Studies Erik Martinez Kuhonta Kuhonta, Erik Martinez Dan Slater Slater, Dan Tuong Vu Vu, Tuong 1

2 Studying States in Southeast Asia Erik Martinez Kuhonta Kuhonta, Erik Martinez 30

3 Democracy and Dictatorship Do Not Float Freely: Structural Sources of Political Regimes in Southeast Asia Dan Slater Slater, Dan 55

4 Developing Democracies in Southeast Asia: Theorizing the Role of Parties and Elections Allen Hicken Hicken, Allen 80

5 Contentious Mass Politics in Southeast Asia: Knowledge Accumulation and Cycles of Growth and Exhaustion Tuong Vu Vu, Tuong 102

6 In-Depth Research and Knowledge Accumulation About Agrarian Politics in Southeast Asia Benedict J. Tria Kerkvliet Kerkvliet, Benedict J. Tria 129

7 Civil Society and Close Approximations Thereof Meredith L. Weiss Weiss, Meredith L. 144

8 Beyond Doctrine and Dogma: Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia Kikue Hamayotsu Hamayotsu, Kikue 171

9 The Study of Political Ethnicity in Southeast Asia Jamie S. Davidson Davidson, Jamie S. 199

10 Southeast Asia and the Political Economy of Development Regina Abrami Abrami, Regina Richard F. Doner Doner, Richard F. 227

11 The Missing Countryside: The Price of Ignoring Rural Political Economy in Southeast Asia Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung Thawnghmung, Ardeth Maung 252

12 Southeast Asia and Globalization: The Political Economy of Illiberal Adaptation Greg Felker Felker, Greg 274

13 Southeast Asia in Political Science: Terms of Enlistment Donald K. Emmerson Emmerson, Donald K. 302

14 Concluding Remarks Erik Martinez Kuhonta Kuhonta, Erik Martinez Dan Slater Slater, Dan Tuong Vu Vu,Tuong 325

Notes 333

Bibliography 361

Index 423

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