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Southeast Asia: In The Shadow of China

Reilly, B. (2013) Southeast Asia: In The Shadow of China. Journal of Democracy, 24 (1). pp. 156-164.

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In the April 2012 edition of the Journal of Democracy, four leading political scientists cast critical eyes upon the progress (or lack thereof) that democracy has been making in Southeast Asia. Thitinan Pongsudhirak looked at the troubled prospects for democracy in his home country of Thailand; Martin Gainsborough asked why democracy has failed to flower in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam; Dan Slater analyzed “strongstate democratization” in Singapore and Malaysia; and Don Emmerson surveyed the region more generally. A common theme—seen especially in Slater’s and Gainsborough’s contributions—was the roles that domestic elites, state structures, and money play in explaining the unevenness of democratic development across the region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Copyright: 2013 National Endowment for Democracy and The Johns Hopkins University Press
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