The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia

The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia

by R. H. Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521564042

ISBN-13: 9780521564045

Pub. Date: 06/28/2015

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 ten separate case studies by leading authorities, examines the countries that have conducted multiparty elections since the 1940s - Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand,…  See more details below

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 ten separate case studies by leading authorities, examines the countries that have conducted multiparty elections since the 1940s - 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 forces and structures that shape politics in North America and Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521564045
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2015
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Elections and politics in Southeast Asia1
1Elections and participation in three Southeast Asian countries12
2A useful fiction: Democratic legitimation in New Order Indonesia34
3Elections without representation: The Singapore experience under the PAP61
4Elections' Janus face: Limitations and potential in Malaysia90
5Malaysia: Do elections make a difference?114
6Contested meanings of elections in the Philippines136
7Elections in Burma/Myanmar: For whom and why?164
8Elections and democratization in Thailand184
9A tale of two democracies: Conflicting perceptions of elections and democracy in Thailand201
10The Cambodian elections of 1993: A case of power to the people?224
Afterword243
Index253

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