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Southeast Asia in the New International Era highlights the dramatic political events sweeping a dynamic region populated by more than 500 million people. Where economic boom and crisis dominated events in the late twentieth century, economic recovery and policy dilemmas define much of the region today. Political cleavage continues to bedevil Thailand's intermittent democratization. Vietnam's single-party rule fosters ever tighter political control as it reacts to lagging economic growth. Surprising many, Burma's once closed polity now shows signs of genuine reform and openness. Elsewhere, patronage politics continues to inhibit development in the Philippines even as it fuels unprecedented growth in Cambodia and Laos. Home to the world's largest Muslim population, Indonesia blazes new ground with young democratic institutions while simmering aspirations for greater democracy in neighboring Malaysia generate mass protest. Representing the greatest contrast in the region is the rich and stable, corporatist state of Singapore versus the economically poor and politically fragile democracy of Timor-Leste. Amidst domestic developments, ASEAN's global profile continues to rise as the region's governments address a growing array of transnational concerns. This newly revised edition examines these developments and many others affecting the region and international political economy.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments Preface and Acknowledgments to the Sixth Edition Acronyms 1 INTRODUCTION Map of Southeast Asia Influences and Experiences Shared Social Patterns The New International Era Comparing Political Regimes Notes 2 THAILAND Map of Thailand Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 3 MYANMAR (BURMA) Map of Myanmar (Burma) Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 4 VIETNAM Map of Vietnam Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 5 CAMBODIA Map of Cambodia Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 6 LAOS Map of Laos Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 7 THE PHILIPPINES Map of The Philippines Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 8 INDONESIA Map of Indonesia Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 9 TIMOR-LESTE Map of Timor-Leste Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 10 MALAYSIA Map of Malaysia Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 11 SINGAPORE Map of Singapore Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide 12 BRUNEI Map of Brunei Institutions and Social Groups State-Society Relations and Democracy Economy and Development Foreign Relations Conclusion Notes Resource Guide Index

About the Author

Robert Dayley is professor of international political economy and Asian studies at The College of Idaho and is the 2011 CASE-Carnegie Foundation Idaho Professor of the Year. Clark D. Neheris emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of political science and former director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University.

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Praise from Previous Editions: "One of America's premier Southeast Asia scholars, Clark Neher, and his co-author, Robert Dayley, assess the major regional players and issues in this new edition of the highly regarded Southeast Asia in the New International Era. Exploring the current impact of transnational terrorism, globalization, economic volatility, and the region's relations with the great powers, this volume is an excellent choice for students, business people, and policymakers." -Sheldon Simon, Arizona State University "Robert Dayley and Clark Neher have written a superb survey describing political developments in Southeast Asia and explaining the historical and cultural underpinnings that have contributed to these developments. Their balanced and insightful analysis is a must-read for students and professionals who aspire to better understand Southeast Asia's significance in a new international era." -John J. Brandon, The Asia Foundation "Few texts available to students contain simultaneously the breadth (all countries, including Brunei and Timor-Leste) and depth of timely information on the latest developments in Southeast Asia. The authors have compiled a thorough historical and cultural account, but also of political developments in a way that distinguishes this book. There are even select indicators that help to define these nations in comparative perspective. I have been waiting for something like this for my course on The Politics of Southeast Asia. Working from unpublished proofs, students have already been impressed with both the coverage and detail of these discussions of the nations of Southeast Asia. I know of no better introduction to the region as a whole. It is exactly what I have been looking for." -Robert B. Albritton, University of Mississippi "Clark Neher has once again done the almost impossible in writing a lucid, comprehensive and coherent book... There is no better basic work to introduce the region (or reintroduce it) than Clark Neher's fine book... A useful and important book." -Journal of Asian Business "One of the few broad, timely surveys of Southeast Asia now available, and it contains much historical and cultural perspective." -Foreign Affairs

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