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Participation Without Democracy


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Table of Contents

1. Theorizing Institutions of Political Participation and Representation
2. Ideologies of Political Representation and the Mode of Participation Framework
3. History, Capitalism, and Conflict
4. Nominated Members of Parliament in Singapore
5. Public Feedback in Singapore's Consultative Authoritarianism
6. The Philippines' Party-List System, Reformers,and Oligarchs
7. Participatory Budgeting in the Philippines
8. Malaysia's Failed Consultative Representation Experiments
9. Civil Society and Electoral Reform in Malaysia

About the Author

Garry Rodan is Professor of Politics and International Studies and Director of the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. He is a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and is, most recently, coauthor of The Politics of Accountability in Southeast Asia.


"Participation without Democracy is a book that deserves to be read far more widely than in that circle of scholars whose primary concern is the politics of Southeast Asia. It is a book that provides critical guidance in understanding, not so much democratisation, but the wider reconfiguration of politics currently underway in the contemporary age."

* Journal of Contemporary Asia *

"This book is rich in thought-provoking theoretical and empirical points. It makes an important contribution to the literature on the complex relationship between markets and democratization, specifically by demonstrating that the former does not necessarily entail advances of the latter.... Provides a powerful new lens that will help the next generation of analysts make sense of the region."

* Pacific Affairs *

"In this important work, the author offers a detailed analysis of a political paradox which he sees reflected in the experience of Southeast Asia: expanded political participation can actually serve more to constrain political contestation than to enhance it."

* Survival *

"Provocative.... With its rich detail and critical perspective, this book seems something of a capstone as Rodan approaches formal retirement, bringing his rich, career-spanning material on Singapore as well as Malaysia into conversation with a similarly nuanced discussion of the Philippines, and weaving together theoretical threads.... Rodan's provocative exegesis is not just a good read, but a call to rethink how we study as well as pursue participation, representation, and elite-challenging reform."

* New Mandala *

"In this excellent book, Garry Rodan develops a new approach on modes of political participation."

* Democratization *

"Rodan takes a critical look at attempts to strengthen public participation in government in Southeast Asia's hybrid regimes, which are neither fully democratic nor fully authoritarian."

* Foreign Affairs *

"Through a comprehensive study of the cases of Singapore, the Philippines, and Malaysia, Rodan presents a thorough illustration of how these Southeast Asian states were able to contain conflicts."

* Philippine Political Science Journal *

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