Politics and Society in Southeast Asia
About the Book
The Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998 caused severe hardship in Southeast Asia, and many countries tightened their regulation of banks and other financial institutions, adopted more conservative fiscal policies, and made themselves less vulnerable to Western market fluctuations by forming closer trade and investment ties with their neighbors. This book analyzes the major political and economic reforms that resulted from the Asian financial crisis, looking particularly at how such reforms helped to prepare Asian countries for coping with the 2009 global recession. In each of the ten country chapters, the historical background, social and political system, economic development, and foreign relations of each country are analyzed and compared with those of neighboring countries. The concluding chapter looks ahead at the prospects for Southeast Asia in a more integrated Asian region.
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About the Author(s)
Peter A. Poole has worked as a foreign service officer in Cambodia, Thailand, and the Philippines and has directed international studies programs at Old Dominion University in Norfolk and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He now teaches courses in comparative government at George Mason University’s Institute of Lifelong Learning.
Peter A. Poole
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: maps, tables, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
1. Thailand: Democracy Challenged 11
2. Vietnam: Still a Long March Ahead 31
3. Cambodia: Between Powerful Neighbors 47
4. Laos: A Country at the Crossroads 64
5. Myanmar: ASEAN’S Problem State 76
6. Malaysia: Politics of a Plural Society 93
7. Singapore: City with a Siege Mentality 110
8. Indonesia: A Shallow-Rooted Democracy 125
9. Brunei Darussalam: A Classic Rentier State 144
10. The Philippines: People Power Fatigue 156
11. Looking Ahead to a More Closely Integrated Region 171
Abbreviations and Acronyms 183
Chapter Notes 185
Book Reviews & Awards
“a great introduction”—Reference & Research Book News.