Politics & Economics

Featured Titles
Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #20: The 2017 Johor Survey: Selected FindingsTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #20: The 2017 Johor Survey: Selected Findings by Chong, Terence; Lee Hock Guan Et Al

ISEAS commissioned the 2017 Johor Survey to understand Johor residents' attitudes towards state and federal government, the economy, Islamic identity, the Johor royal family, as well as development projects like Iskandar Malaysia. This is a presentation of selected findings from the survey. The Johor royal family is viewed as a good steward of Johor's resources and is believed to look after the personal interests of citizens. Many also believe that the Johor Sultan should intervene in politics when necessary. However, a slight majority agree that the Johor royalty should refrain from business ventures. With regard to Islam, the vast majority of Malay respondents see Malaysia as an "Islamic state". This majority also believe that increased Islamic religiosity is a positive development for society. More than half of the Malay respondents would like hudud laws to be applied to non-Muslims as well. The majority of Malay respondents also believe that JAKIM should regulate Muslim behaviour and that Malay culture is not becoming more Arabized.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Malaysia's Electoral Process: The Methods And Cost Of Perpetuating Umno RuleTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Malaysia's Electoral Process: The Methods And Cost Of Perpetuating Umno Rule by Ostwald, Kai

Malaysia will hold its 14th general election before August 2018, bringing renewed focus on the nature of political competition in the country. This paper provides a systematic overview of the electoral process and an assessment of how it shapes the country's political environment. The high degree of electoral manipulation in Malaysia, juxtaposed against its successful developmental record and relative social stability, makes the country an important case for the growing body of research on electoral integrity and malpractice.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Harnessing The Potential Of The Indonesian DiasporaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #18: Harnessing The Potential Of The Indonesian Diaspora by Setijadi, Charlotte

In recent years, the Indonesian government has increased efforts to harness the economic, political, and social potential of its diaspora. Current estimates put the number of overseas Indonesians at up to 8 million people worldwide. Members of the Indonesian diaspora are lobbying for legislative amendments, including dual citizenship, parliamentary representation, property ownership rights, and constitutional recognition. The Indonesian government needs to take the potential of its diaspora seriously in order to harness their enormous capital and skills contribution.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #17: The Central Role Of Thailand's Internal Security Operations Command In The Post-Counter-Insurgency PeriodTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #17: The Central Role Of Thailand's Internal Security Operations Command In The Post-Counter-Insurgency Period by Puangthong R. Pawakapan

The Thai military's Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) was in charge of a wide range of civil affairs projects during the country's struggle with the communist insurgency between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s. These projects provided justification for the military to routinely penetrate the socio-political sphere. Since the Cold War drew to a close, little attention has been paid to ISOC's role and power within the state apparatus. Since the coups of September 2006 and May 2014 that toppled the elected governments, ISOC has been dangerously empowered and increasingly employed by the military regimes to dictate the country's political direction. The power of the Thai military is exerted not only through its use of force but also by means of its socio-political arms. ISOC represents a potent tool with which conservative elites can undermine and control electoral democracy and through which the military can maintain its power.

Khaki Capital: The Political Economy Of The Military In Southeast AsiaKhaki Capital: The Political Economy Of The Military In Southeast Asia by Chambers, Paul; Napisa Waitoolkiat

Although Southeast Asia has seen the emergence of civilian rule, the military continues to receive much of national budgets and, with significant assets and economic activities, often possesses enormous economic clout - enhancing its political power while hindering civilian rule and democratization. The political economy of the military in less developed countries is thus a crucial subject area in these terms. This study, the first of its kind covering Southeast Asia, examines such 'khaki capital' in seven countries - Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia - individual chapters being devoted to each of them. Each case study analyses the historical evolution of khaki capital in that country; the effect of internal and external factors (e.g. military unity and globalization) in this trajectory; and how the resulting equilibrium has affected civil-military relations.

Challenges Of Governance In A Complex World, TheChallenges Of Governance In A Complex World, The by Ho, Peter

Peter Ho, former Head of the Singapore Civil Service, was the Institute of Policy Studies' 2016/17 S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. This book collects the four IPS-Nathan Lectures that he delivered between April and May 2017, and gathers highlights of his dialogues with the audience. Ho surveys the increasingly complex world, and suggests what governments can do to prepare for the future - even as no one can predict it. He uses metaphors such as the "black elephant" and concepts like the "dialectic of governance" to explain how a systematic approach to thinking about the future can help countries in general - and Singapore in particular - build resilience and develop a comparative advantage in the face of uncertainty and rapid change.

LaborLabor by Herod, Andrew

Labor is the source of all wealth. Without workers, the world's natural resources cannot be transformed into finished goods and services cannot be delivered. Labor, though, is a uniquely important resource because, unlike others, it is capable of altering its own conditions of existence and of challenging how it is used. In this book, Andrew Herod offers an original and wide-ranging analysis of labor as a multifaceted and truly global resource. He concludes by surveying some of the ways in which working people are taking action to improve their lives, including forming trade unions and other labor organizations, occupying factories in places like Argentina and Greece, and establishing anti-sweatshop campaigns.

Rethinking The Economics Of Land And HousingRethinking The Economics Of Land And Housing by Josh Ryan-Collins; T.Lloyd; L. Macfarlane

Why are house prices in many advanced economies rising faster than incomes? Why isn't land and location taught or seen as important in modern economics? What is the relationship between the financial system and land? In this accessible but provocative guide to the economics of land and housing, the authors reveal how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy. Looking at the ways in which discussions of land have been routinely excluded from both housing policy and economic theory, the authors show that in order to tackle these increasingly pressing issues a major rethink by both politicians and economists is required.

Pocket PikettyPocket Piketty by Roine, Jesper

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been hailed as a masterpiece, making a powerful case that wealth inequality is not an accident, but rather an inherent feature of capitalism. But how many of us who bought or borrowed the book have read more than a fraction of its 700+ pages? And how many of Piketty's groundbreaking ideas have gone unappreciated, all for want of intellectual stamina? In this handy volume, Jesper Roine - whose own work was relied upon by Piketty - explains in clear and accessible prose the key concepts behind, and controversies surrounding, Piketty's landmark work.

Delicate Relationship, A: The United States And Burma/Myanmar Since 1945Delicate Relationship, A: The United States And Burma/Myanmar Since 1945 by Clymer, Kenton

In 2012, Barack Obama became the first US president to visit Myanmar. This marked a new period in the two countries' sinuous diplomatic relationship, which Kenton Clymer examines in A Delicate Relationship. From the challenges of decolonization and heightened nationalism after World War II, to the Cold War concern with domino states, to the rise of human rights policy in the 1980s, Clymer demonstrates how Burma/Myanmar has fit into the broad patterns of US foreign policy and yet has never been fully integrated into diplomatic efforts in Southeast Asia.

Rise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai PoliticsRise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai Politics by Kanokrat Lertchoosakul

This book chronicles the history of the "Octobrist" students in Thai politics from the 1970s to the present. It examines the reasons why these former leftist student activists have managed to remain a significant force over the past three decades despite the collapse of left-wing politics in Thailand at both the national and international levels. At the same time, it asks why the Octobrists have become increasingly divided, particularly during the last decade's protracted conflict in Thai politics. In addition, it fills in gaps in studies of leftists in transition at the global level on the question of the historical development of leftist and progressive forces in the post-Cold War era. The book is also important for readers interested in social movement theory, demonstrating how it has influenced political actors outside the boundaries of typical social movements. Finally, political opportunity structure, resource mobilization theory, and the framing process are used to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the origins, emergence, and transformation of the Octobrists in contemporary Thai politics.

Ethnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast AsiaEthnic And Religious Identities And Integration In Southeast Asia by Ooi Keat Gin & Volker Grabowsky Et Al (Eds.)

The research presented in this volume analyzes the impact of ethnic change and religious traditions on local, national, and regional identities. Case studies include the Bru population in Laos/Vietnam, hill tribe populations without citizenship in northern Thailand, the Lua also in northern Thailand, the Pakistani community in Penang, the Rohingya in Myanmar, the Leke religious movement in Thailand/Myanmar, political Islam in Indonesia, Sufi Muslims in Thailand, pluralism in Penang, the Preah Vihear dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, and hero cult worship in Lan Na. Historians and social anthropologists variously tackle these issues of identity and integration within the kaleidoscope of ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures that make up Southeast Asia.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #15: The Growing Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #15: The Growing "Strategic Partnership" Between Indonesia And China Faces Difficult Challenges by Suryadinata, Leo

Jakarta-Beijing relations have experienced significant progress, especially since the Yudhoyono presidency. Economic links between the two countries have expanded rapidly and tourism and cultural exchanges have also shown improvements. Issues that may affect Indonesia-China relations negatively in the future include: mainland Chinese workers in joint projects; the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Natuna Islands; the rise of pribumi-ism in Indonesia; domestic anti-Chinese sentiments; and changes in China's policy on Chinese overseas.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #14: The Rising Politics Of Indigeneity In Southeast AsiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #14: The Rising Politics Of Indigeneity In Southeast Asia by Morton, Micah F.

Amidst rising trends of nativism and xenophobia throughout Southeast Asia, a related yet distinct movement framed around altogether different notions of indigeneity is occurring among various long-oppressed ethnic minorities. The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Foundation based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is playing a key role in promoting solidarity, networking and capacity-building among indigenous peoples in Asia as well as linking local communities with international funders and advocates. As highly marginalized communities residing predominantly in the regions natural-resource-rich areas, indigenous peoples are bearing the brunt of the downside of ASEAN's ambitious investment plan and resource-extractive model of development.

Walking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th AnniversaryWalking With Singapore: The Workers' Party's 60Th Anniversary by Goh Pei Siong, Daniel (Ed.)

The Workers' Party marks its 60th anniversary in 2017. This commemorative book includes essays and interviews that trace the journey the Workers' Party has taken with the country. The chapters track the confident strides David Marshall had opened up and the tumultuous, heartbreaking run of JB Jeyaretnam. They witness the marathon work of Low Thia Khiang and his teams in pushing for the breakthrough of democracy in the service of Singaporeans. There is no revelling in glories, no indulging in righteous indignations. The book presents the facts in a history of growth and decline, disappointment and revival. By looking back honestly at the past, while celebrating the present and modest achievements against massive odds, the party hopes to learn to do better in empowering Singaporeans for the future.

Illusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume IiIllusions Of Democracy: Malaysian Politics And People Volume Ii by Lemiere, Sophie (Ed.)

Bringing together a group of both international and Malaysian scholars, Illusions of Democracy: Malaysian Politics and People Volume II offers an up-to-date and broad analysis of the contemporary state of Malaysian politics and society. Transcending disciplinary boundaries, it offers a look at Malaysian politics not only through the lens of political science but also anthropology, cultural studies, international relations, political economy and legal studies touching on both overlooked topics in Malaysian political life as well as the emerging trends which will shape Malaysia's future. Covering silat martial arts, Malaysia's constitutional identity, emergency legislation, the South China Sea dilemma, ISIS discourse, zakat payment, the fallout from the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia's green movement, Illusions of Democracy charts the complex and multi-faceted nature of political life in a semi-authoritarian state, breaking down the illusions which keep it functioning, to uncover the mechanisms which really underlie the paradoxical longevity of Malaysia's political, economic and social system.

Is This The Asian Century?Is This The Asian Century? by Lee Jong-Wha

Is This the Asian Century? comprises 25 articles which the author has published on the Project Syndicate website since 2012. These articles are grouped into four broad topics: Growth and Structural Adjustment, Economic Integration and Cooperation, Business, Money, and Finance, and Education and Society. Through these selected works, the author explores whether the Asian Century is coming to pass or not and how Asian economies prepare for such century. The author also presents his analyses of Asia's economic transformation as well as social and cultural changes, and suggests the ways that Asian economies can overcome major economic and social challenges to continue their path towards a more balanced and sustainable growth in the 21st century.

Tommy Koh: Serving Singapore And The WorldTommy Koh: Serving Singapore And The World by Lay Hwee Yeo, Peggy Kek, Gillian Koh Et Al

This book aims to celebrate the many contributions of Professor Tommy Koh as a Singaporean diplomat, public intellectual and social changemaker. Experts in the various fields of endeavour and people who have worked with him examine his significant contributions in essays that are organised in four main sections: Diplomacy and International Relations; Arts, Culture and Heritage; Progressive Society; International Law; and a fifth section that features tributes contributed by his colleagues and former classmates.

Turkey-Singapore Relations: Building A Smart Strategic PartnershipTurkey-Singapore Relations: Building A Smart Strategic Partnership by Yildirim, Binali

The Singapore Lecture is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore. The 41st Singapore Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, on 21 August 2017 under the distinguished Chairmanship of Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore.

Regional Economic History Of Thailand, ARegional Economic History Of Thailand, A by Porphant Ouyyanont

This book presents an economic history of Bangkok, the Central Region, the North, the South, and Northeastern Regions from the signing of the Bowring Treaty in 1855 to the present. Most research has focused on Bangkok as the centre of change affecting other regions and has neglected other regions that had an influence on Bangkok. This book however looks at the changes not only in Bangkok, but also in the other regions, and emphasizes the ways in which Bangkok had an impact on the other regions, and how changes in the other regions affected Bangkok. It also looks, in turn, at each of the principal regions, and concentrate on the long-term economic and social changes and the various forces which promoted the changes.