Politics and Society in Southeast Asia

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McFarland, Oct 14, 2009 - Social Science - 214 pages
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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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Contents

Preface
1
Still a Long March Ahead
31
Between Powerful Neighbors
47
A Country at the Crossroads
64
Politics of a Plural Society
93
City with a Siege Mentality
110
A ShallowRooted Democracy
125
A Classic Rentier State
144
11Looking Ahead to a More Closely Integrated Region
171
Chapter Notes
185
Index
205
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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.

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