Southeast Asia stumbles over politics The region's role as a motor for Asia's economic growth is threatened by stability risks Michael Vatikiotis February 20, Despite buoyant economies, healthy investment and growing trade ties, predictability and certainty in the political sphere seem elusive for the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. What looked like stable political outcomes or transitions in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have more recently generated fear and uncertainty as squabbling entrenched elites are battered by divisive issues of corruption, identity and inequality. In Myanmar and the Philippines democratic transitions have morphed into state-sponsored repressive security crackdowns on hard-won freedoms. Broader concerns stem from the geopolitical uncertainty created by U. The start of the third decade of the 21st century points to a troubled way ahead for the region.
Southeast Asian Government And Politics | UG Politics Course | SOAS | University of London
Print In the post-cold war period, the region has witnessed at least three democratic milestones: Despite these achievements, various challenges in the recent years continue to curb democracy and democratization in the region. Across the region, governments conduct elections and citizens cast their votes. In addition, popular suffrage has also provided a platform on which various undemocratic strategies to maintain or achieve power can be tested.
Taught in: Particular attention is given to the relationship between the state and various social and economic forces within these polities. Objectives and learning outcomes of the module By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate that they can: Appreciate the similarities, differences, and idiosyncrasies of government and politics of Southeast Asian maritime and mainland countries; Critically examine the political and economic development and changes of the region in the post-colonial period; Understand the application of comparative politics in analysing the similarities and differences of countries in Southeast Asia in terms of their political systems, types of governance, processes of nation-state formation and building, establishment and consolidation of democratic rule and political legitimacy, and socio-cultural development; and Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the key states in the region in the areas of good governance, civil-military relations, nation-state building, democratic rule, political culture, and conflict management among others.