Politics & Economics

Featured Titles
End Of Umno, The: Essays On Malaysia's Dominant PartyEnd Of Umno, The: Essays On Malaysia's Dominant Party by Welsh, Bridget (Ed.)

The contributors in this collection study developments in Malaysia's dominant party, UMNO, on the anniversary of its 70th year. The answers to its future lies in part with a better understanding of its past. Four international academics analyse the contemporary history of UMNO, with a particular focus on changes in the last two decades. They draw attention to issues of party identity, leadership, membership, governance, institutional change, party financing, internal divisions and its relations with different communities and the public at large. Not only does this book fill an important gap in the scholarly research on UMNO, this book offers different perspectives on the party's contemporary challenges.

War And Peace In The Borderlands Of Myanmar The Kachin Ceasefire, 1994-2011 by Sadan, Mandy (Ed.)

In June 2011 fighting resumed between the Kachin Independence Organisation and Myanmar Army, ending a 17-year ceasefire. The unwillingness of local Kachin people and their leaders to agree to a speedy renewal of the ceasefire has frustrated many observers and policy-makers hoping for a national ceasefire agreement between the Myanmar government and principal armed ethnic organizations. Yet since the ceasefire collapsed, surprisingly little attention has been paid to understanding the Kachin experience of the ceasefire. This book brings together local activists with international academics and acclaimed independent researchers to reflect on these experiences from different perspectives. They also raise important and enduring questions about the social, economic and political development of Myanmar's 'border regions'. Crucially, the chapters offer vital lessons about the dangers inherent in ceasefire agreements when an 'armed peace' is implemented but not accompanied by a substantive commitment to political change.

Cambodia Votes: Democracy, Authority And International Support For Elections, 1993-2013Cambodia Votes: Democracy, Authority And International Support For Elections, 1993-2013 by Sullivan, Michael Luke

This detailed study charts the evolution of internationally assisted elections in Cambodia beginning in 1993 with the vote supervised by the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC). Although the UNTAC operation was unprecedented in its size and political scope, the less-than-democratic outcome of the 1993 vote (with Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party losing but remaining in power) began two decades of internationally assisted elections manipulated and controlled by Hun Sen and the CPP. Since then, disparate international actors have been complicit in supporting 'authoritarian elections' while promoting a more democratic and transparent electoral process. This has produced a relatively stable political-economic system serving the interests of a powerful and wealthy ruling elite but at the expense of overall positive socio-economic and political change. It has also allowed opposition forces to co-exist alongside a repressive state and to compete in elections that still hold out the possibility for change.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #13: Is A New Entrepreneurial Generation Emerging In Indonesia?Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #13: Is A New Entrepreneurial Generation Emerging In Indonesia? by Njoto-Feillard, Gwenael; Kathleen Azali

The main actors in Indonesia's business landscape have long been assumed to be the country's Chinese minority. However, in the last decade, there has been a more visible, growing culture of entrepreneurship amongst the pribumi or native Indonesians. Democratic reforms, decentralization and the deregulation of certain sectors of the economy, facilitated by new information technology, have enabled a new generation of entrepreneurs to emerge outside the traditional system of political patronage. New forms of networking are taking shape within local and national business associations, networking forums, and the marketing and business media. While civil servant positions are still highly sought after, the idea of entrepreneurship and business as careers is becoming more and more popular, especially among young Indonesians. The challenge that the Joko Widodo administration faces is to encourage this new social dynamic without falling into the trap of constructing artificial support programmes. These showed themselves to be counter-productive in the past.

Moving Forward: Malays For The 21St CenturyMoving Forward: Malays For The 21St Century by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

The discourse on Malays in Malaysia is shifting in the 21st century. Here, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the youngest elected representative in the 8 March, 2008 General Elections argues about how Malays must move forward to survive and succeed in facing today's challengers: the emerging new politics, forging a people's economy, resolving the education questions, the position of Islam in a multiracial society and the unraveling o the social fabric. While race will remain important as an identity, Moving Forward challenges the assumption of the racial zero sum game as, ultimately, the future of the Malays cannot be separated from Malaysians in general.

Seduction Of The Simple, The: Insights On Singapore's Future DirectionsSeduction Of The Simple, The: Insights On Singapore's Future Directions by Devadas Krishnadas

At the crossroads of Singapore history, noted public intellectual and entrepreneur Devadas Krishnadas shares his insights on the intersecting realms of the social, political and economic spheres of Singapore, and where he thinks the country is headed.

Birthday Book, The: What Is Singapore's Next Big ThingBirthday Book, The: What Is Singapore's Next Big Thing by Malminderjit Singh (Ed.)

An intellectual salvo from young and passionate Singaporeans inhabiting different slices of Singapore society, The Birthday Book is a collection of 51 essays presented as a birthday gift to the nation and its people. What are the milestones that Singapore is headed into - the next big things - in the view of this inaugural group of contributors? These individuals, younger than 45, will inherit leadership roles in their respective domains of expertise. Their essays come together as a compact and essential digest of introspections and outward projections, drawing on a shared past and projecting forward into our collective future.

Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945Nationalism In Asia: A History Since 1945 by Kingston, Jeff

Taking a comparative, thematic approach, Nationalism in Asia explores the expression and embrace of nationalism in contemporary China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea, nations that will shape the worlds future. The focus is on identity politics, democracy, economic policy, nation branding, sports, territorial conflict, trauma, memory wars, culture and minorities.

Urban Land Rent: Singapore As A Property StateUrban Land Rent: Singapore As A Property State by Halia, Anne

This book develops an original theory of urban land rent with important implications for urban studies and urban theory. It analyzes land, rent theory, and the modern city, using Singapore as a case study. It examines the question of land from a variety of perspectives and incorporates discussion of the modern real estate market.

Are We Protected? Malaysian Defence UncoveredAre We Protected? Malaysian Defence Uncovered by Lam Choong Wah

The majority of the Malaysian public are not interested in national defence. For those who are interested, they will face another problem - limited information. This book aims to provide general information on Malaysia's defence sector to the layman-majority of Malaysia. Aside from that, this book also aims to increase defence knowledge among the public, paving a way for the creation of a civil defence monitoring mechanism.

Great Convergence, The: Asia, The West, And The Logic Of One WorldGreat Convergence, The: Asia, The West, And The Logic Of One World by Kishore Mahbubani

In this visionary roadmap to the twenty-first-century, Kishore Mahbubani prescribes solutions for improving global institutional order. He diagnoses seven geopolitical fault lines most in need of serious reform. But his message remains optimistic: despite the archaic geopolitical contours that try to shackle us today, our world has seen more positive change in the past thirty years than in the previous three hundred.

Panorama 01/2016: Refugees And Migration In Asia And EuropePanorama 01/2016: Refugees And Migration In Asia And Europe by Gorawantschy, Beatrice (Ed.)

This issue of Panorama examines recent refugee-related developments in Asia and Europe, including issues such as implications of refugee movements on societies, migratory flows in South Asia, the unprecedented influx of refugees into European countries, the impact of government policies, and the increasingly divisive social and political repercussions of migration, both regular and irregular.

Myanmar's Mountain And Maritime Borderscapes: Local Practices, Boundary-Making And Figured WorldsMyanmar's Mountain And Maritime Borderscapes: Local Practices, Boundary-Making And Figured Worlds by Oh Su-Ann (Ed.)

This edited volume adds to the literature on Myanmar and its borders by drawing attention to the significance of geography, history, politics and society in the construction of the border regions and the country. First, it alerts us to the fact that the border regions are situated in the mountainous and maritime domains of the country, highlighting the commonalities that arise from shared geography. Second, the book foregrounds socio-spatio practices - economic, intimate, spiritual, virtual - of border and boundary-making in their local context. This demonstrates how state-defined notions of territory, borders and identity are enacted or challenged. Third, despite sharing common features, Myanmar's borderscapes also possess unique configurations of ethnic, political and economic attributes, producing social formations and figured worlds that are more cohesive or militant in some border areas than in others. Understanding and comparing these social practices and their corresponding life-worlds allows us to re-examine the connections from the borderlands back to the hinterland and to consider the value of border and boundary studies in problematizing and conceptualizing recent changes in Myanmar.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #12: Understanding Jokowi's Foreign PolicyTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #12: Understanding Jokowi's Foreign Policy by Weatherbee, Donald E.

The foreign policy issue in the 2014 Indonesian presidential election was the rejection by both candidates, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto, of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's high-profile globalism. Both promised instead a foreign policy directed to the real economic and social interests of the people. This raised concerns by Indonesia's international partners that its new foreign policy would be more nationalistic and inward looking. A year and a half into Jokowi's presidency, it is possible to make a preliminary assessment of the course of Jokowi's foreign policy in relation to the goals that Jokowi the candidate set forth for Jokowi the president.

Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial RuleKerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial Rule by Milner, Anthony (Ed.)

First published in 1982, this is a pioneering, provocative study of Malay political thought on the eve of colonial rule - based on both Malay and European source materials, and addressing issues that continue to be critical in Malaysia today. Focusing on both the Malay peninsula and North Sumatra, Kerajaan is innovative in approach - an historical investigation informed by methodologies developed in anthropology and literary criticism. The book argues that such close analyses of non-Western social thought are essential to achieve a genuinely global history, addressing the full variety of human perspectives and experience. In 2003 the US Association for Asian Studies selected Kerajaan as one of the 25 'works of major importance to historical studies' and 'most frequently cited in the literature' in the field of Southeast Asian history.

Singapore Perspectives 2015 - ChoicesSingapore Perspectives 2015 - Choices by Soon, Carol; Su Fern Hoe (Eds.)

The book is a collection of papers presented at Singapore Perspectives 2015 by leading thought leaders and eminent speakers, reflecting on the critical decisions made in Singapore's past so as to envision strategic paths that the country should take in the future. In line with reflecting on Singapore's past, the book will include a full report on a survey of 1,500 Singaporeans' perceptions of 50 historical events from independence to now.

Singapore-China Relations: 50 YearsSingapore-China Relations: 50 Years by Zheng Yongnian & Liang Fook Lye (Eds.)

Showcasing the substantive and multi-faceted Singapore-China relationship, this book examines the political, economic, socio-cultural, people-to-people and even military exchanges between the two countries. It also highlights flagship projects and other key private sector-led projects that have become hallmarks of bilateral cooperation. The book argues that the current level of cooperation is built on the earlier foundation laid by Lee Kuan Yew and Deng Xiaoping. Rather than simply provide an overview of bilateral relations, the book highlights the unique or distinguishing features of the Singapore-China relationship.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #11: The Red Shirts And Their Democratic Struggle In Northern Thailand, April 2010 To May 2015Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #11: The Red Shirts And Their Democratic Struggle In Northern Thailand, April 2010 To May 2015 by Tanet Charoenmuang

The political education of members of Thailand's Red Shirt movement took place through the electoral process, and through learning how political institutions and the judiciary could be systematically used to topple the elected government. The main sources of instruction were the Red Shirt TV programmes followed by Bangkok rallies. In the wake of the military ban on all political gatherings, only a few Red Shirt radio stations remained open, but their programming changed drastically from political broadcasts to social broadcasts. Red Shirt groups have transformed into social clubs and now organize social events that do not include political activities.

Trump Phenomenon And The Future Of Us Foreign Policy, TheTrump Phenomenon And The Future Of Us Foreign Policy, The by Mills, Daniel Quinn; Steven Rosefielde

Donald Trump has called for an about face in the foreign policy of the United States. A key reason is that US foreign engagements have in recent decades proved of little benefit to the US middle and working classes.