Political Change in Southeast Asia (Paperback)Jacques Bertrand (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 228 x 151 x 12 mm
'For decades, the study of Southeast Asian politics has remained confined to single-country studies, with the diversity and complexity of the region thwarting more broadly conceived and comparative work. In this magisterial survey, Jacques Bertrand provides a synthetic account of the variegated patterns of political change across the full breadth of Southeast Asia. Bertrand's command of the field, and the clarity and coherence of his analysis, make for a study unparalleled in breadth of coverage and depth of insight. Scholars and students of Southeast Asian politics will remain indebted to Bertrand for this foundational text for many years to come.' John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
'A political survey of all Southeast Asia is not for the faint-hearted. Its half-billion people comprise all the world's major religions, hundreds of ethno-linguistic groups, and among the world's richest (Singapore) and poorest countries. Its politics neatly divide between communist-authoritarian, democratic, what Bertrand calls 'semi-democracies' (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand) and plain authoritarian (Cambodia and Burma). Jacques Bertrand manages this task with a sure and experienced hand, judiciously covering all its eleven countries except Brunei. Students will be well-served by its comprehensiveness, accuracy and balance.' Anthony Reid, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
'In this much-anticipated new text, Jacques Bertrand makes a clear case for Southeast Asia as politically distinctive, if not wholly unique. Adjudicating among dominant explanations for political change or stasis that stress the role of economic development in structuring political patterns (and vice-versa), the influence and interests of elite actors, the strength and priorities of class-based or other social forces, and cultural features such as patrimonialism, Bertrand offers a pithy, well-focused, and accessible introduction to Southeast Asian politics, spanning the diversity of states in the region through the present day. The book presents both succinct political histories of each state and a cogent analytical approach, making it ideal for undergraduate or graduate classroom use.' Meredith L. Weiss, University at Albany, State University of New York
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