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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Contemporary Southeast Asia

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230202917
Publication Date December 2008
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Southeast Asia is one of the world's most diverse and complex regions. At times it has been a beacon of hope for the developing world, at other times it has been synonymous with insecurity and economic failure. The second edition of this popular and critically acclaimed text has been extensively revised throughout and provides up-to-date coverage of the forces and dynamics that are shaping the region at both the national and regional level.

Contemporary Southeast Asia contains specially commissioned chapters – including seven which are entirely new to this edition – from leading area specialists. Carefully edited to ensure systematic coverage of key areas, it provides an accessible and thematically-structured comparative introduction to Southeast Asia and its distinctive patterns of strategic, political, economic and social organisation.

MARK BEESON is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK. Other recent books include Securing Southeast Asia (with Alex Bellamy), Regionalism, Globalization and East Asia, and Institutions of the Asia Pacific.

Introduction: Making Sense of Southeast Asia; M.Beeson
Southeast Asia and the Colonial Experience; R.E. Elson
The End of Empire and the Cold War; M.T.Berger
The Political Economy of Southeast Asia; G.Felker
Public Administration; S.Fritzen
The Evolution of Democratic Politics; W.Case
The Influence of Communitarian Politics; C.Beng Huat
Civil Society in Southeast Asia; C.Hughes
Ethnic and Nationalist Politics in Southeast Asia; D.Brown
Islam in Southeast Asia; G.Fealy
Security; A.Bellamy
A New History? The Structure and Process of Southeast Asia's Relations with a Rising China; A.D. Ba
Japan and Southeast Asia; J.Gilson
The US and Southeast Asia; J.Dorsch
Meeting the Challenges of Region-building in ASEAN; R.Stubbs
Environmental Challenges, Policy Failure and Regional Dynamics in Southeast Asia; L.Elliott
Southeast Asia in the Long Run; M.Beeson.


'[A]n important book...[which] accomplishes Beeson's goal of exploring the interaction between regional and national contexts...' - Jason S. Enia, Political Studies Review
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