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Globalization and Democracy in Southeast Asia

Challenges, Responses and Alternative Futures

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  • Examines a range of countries in the Southeast Asia region including Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam
  • Offers a way of assessing nation state developments and politics in the region
  • Provides a unique triparte analysis of globalization, democracy and the ‘new middle’

Part of the book series: Frontiers of Globalization (FOG)

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About this book

This book questions why Southeast Asian nation states are struggling to adopt full-fledged liberal democracy and attempts to better understand the relationship between globalization and models of democracy.

Country studies are covered mostly by native Southeast Asian scholars who analyse recent developments as well as specific concerns that have arisen from political crises, citizen uprisings, ethnic identity politics, political reforms, social justice and inequality, and the persistence of the political elite. The collection highlights factors which have impacted the different regional and national paths taken such as: the legacy of the Cold War, rapid economic development and liberalization, external economic globalization, the important role of informal politics, powerful elites, and weak but emerging middle classes.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of regional studies of Southeast Asia, Democracy, Sociology, Politics and GlobalizationStudies.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Democracy and Globalization

  2. Focus on Thailand

Editors and Affiliations

  • Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand

    Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo, Surichai Wun'gaeo

  • Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

    Boike Rehbein

About the editors

Boike Rehbein is Professor of Sociology of Asia and Africa at Humboldt University, Germany.

Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Surichai Wun’gaeo is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Globalization and Democracy in Southeast Asia

  • Book Subtitle: Challenges, Responses and Alternative Futures

  • Editors: Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo, Boike Rehbein, Surichai Wun'gaeo

  • Series Title: Frontiers of Globalization

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-57653-8Published: 13 September 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-84673-3Published: 04 November 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-57654-5Published: 31 August 2016

  • Series ISSN: 2946-3777

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-3785

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 312

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Globalization, Democracy

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