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Palgrave Macmillan

Contemporary Southeast Asia

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230202917
Publication Date December 2008
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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
The Historical Context; R.Elson
The End of Empire and the Cold War; M.T.Berger
The Political Economy of Southeast Asia; G.Felker
Public Policy; S.Fritzen
The Evolution of Democratic Politics; W.Case
Communitarian Politics of the East; 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
The Pursuit of Security in Southeast Asia; A.Bellamy
China and Southeast Asia; A.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 Future; M.Beeson

ALICE BA is Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, USA
MARK BEESON is Professor of International Politics, University of Birmingham, UK
ALEX J BELLAMY is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Queensland, Australia
MARK T. BERGER is a Visiting Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA
DAVID BROWN is an Associate Professor, Murdoch University, Australia
William Case is a Professor, City University of Hong Kong
CHUA BENG HUAT is a Professor, National University of Singapore
JOERN DOSCH is Professor of Asia Pacific Studies, University of Leeds, UK
LORRAINE ELLIOTT is a Senior Fellow, Australian National University, Australia
ROBERT ELSON is Professor of Southeast Asian History, University of Queensland, Australia
GREG FEALY is Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Australian National University, Australia
GREG FELKER is Assistant Professor of Politics, Willamette University, USA.
SCOTT FRITZEN is an Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore.
JULIE GILSON is a Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, U.
CAROLINE HUGHES is Associate Professor of Governance Studies, Murdoch University, Australia
RICHARD STUBBS is Professor of Political Science, McMaster University, Canada




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'[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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