The contributors to this edited collection analyze various aspects of democratic governance. The volume is organized into three thematic sections, each of which deals with different aspects of democratic governance in the region. The first section examines political culture, civil society, and democracy. The second part offers comparative analyses of institutional design systems of political representation. The third section centres on aspects of political performance and governance such as human rights performance, security sector governance, and the external as well as internal 'peacefulness' of the political regimes in Southeast Asia. The final chapter connects the insights derived from individual chapters and presents a comparative assessment of political performance and governance in democratic and non-democratic regimes in the region. Furthermore, it provides a comparative analysis of factors that are conducive or obstructive to future democratic change and democratic stability in Southeast Asia.