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Alamak! Ii: Whither Integrity?Alamak! Ii: Whither Integrity? by K.J. John

This is a collection of Dr K.J. John's columns, which examines topical issues in Malaysian society.

Gender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting Imperatives For Equitable Public ExpenditureGender Responsive & Participatory Budgeting Imperatives For Equitable Public Expenditure by Ng, Cecilia (Ed.)

This unique book explores the exciting new democratic spaces that open up when budgets get participatory. The experiences of gender responsive budgeting meet the world of participatory budgeting, both of which have gained traction since the 1980s. The chapters bring together GRB and PB policy makers, practitioners, researchers and civil society actors to share and review their respective journeys. The book is a valuable contribution to current debates on re-thinking GRB and PB and the need to synergize both approaches to achieve gender equality, social justice and good governance.

China's New Economic Silk Road: The Great Eurasian Game & The String Of PearlsChina's New Economic Silk Road: The Great Eurasian Game & The String Of Pearls by Devonshire-Eillis, Chris

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated that China's proposed Silk Road Economic Belt will impact upon three billion people and will unite the biggest market in the world with "unparalleled potential". This unique study into the proposed Silk Road Economic Belt examines the institutional, financial and infrastructure projects that are currently underway and in the planning stage across the entire region. Covering over 60 countries, this book explores the regional reforms, potential problems, opportunities and longer term impact that the Silk Road will have upon Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US.

Moving The Aec Beyond 2015: Managing Domestic Consensus For Community-BuildingMoving The Aec Beyond 2015: Managing Domestic Consensus For Community-Building by Tham Siew Yean & Sanchita Basu Das (Eds.)

The ten Southeast Asian economies reached a milestone on 31 December 2015, when they announced the formation of an ASEAN Community. The economic pillar, the ASEAN Economic Community, has generated immense debate, due to its expected quantifiable benefits to member countries. This book aims to explain the need for building domestic consensus within the member countries. It starts with an overview chapter describing the current achievements of the AEC. It then explores possible explanations for the achievements/non-achievements and offers a hypothesis on conflicting economic interests in a country as one possible explanation for gaps in implementation.

Southeast Asian Affairs 2016Southeast Asian Affairs 2016 by Cook, Malcolm; Daljit Singh

Southeast Asian Affairs is an annual volume that provides, without fear or favour, informed and in-depth annual analyses of the vibrant region and its component countries.

Lady And The Generals, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma's Struggle For FreedomLady And The Generals, The: Aung San Suu Kyi And Burma's Struggle For Freedom by Popham, Peter

She was a heroine of our time, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, a symbol of supreme courage in the face of tyranny. Then, in 2010, Burma's generals opened the door a chink: Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, and her country began to change. Suu Kyi's acclaimed biographer, Peter Popham, describes what happened next. Travelling across the country, meeting aristocrats, monks and politicians, freedom fighters, punks and rebels, he shows how hope has slowly returned to the lives of ordinary Burmese. He also examines the fate of the hill tribes, and how the world's politicians and businessmen are striving for influence. When Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to parliament, she began to negotiate with the military. Yet she has declined to take a firm stand on minority rights - to the dismay of many in the West. The Lady and the Generals offers a trenchant and compelling portrait of this fascinating country and asks where Burma and Suu Kyi herself - with her bravery, her brilliance and her limitations - are heading next.

Modi Effect, The: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign To Transform IndiaModi Effect, The: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign To Transform India by Price, Lance

How did a 'chai wallah' who sold tea on trains as a boy become Prime Minister of India? Former BBC correspondent and Downing Street communications expert Lance Price has been granted exclusive access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team of advisers. With complete freedom to tell it as he finds it, he details Modi's rise to power, the extraordinary election victory and its aftermath.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #02: Middle Eastern Influences In Malaysia - The Cases Of Isma, Irf And HtmTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #02: Middle Eastern Influences In Malaysia - The Cases Of Isma, Irf And Htm by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid Et Al

Interaction between Muslims in Malaysia and their Middle Eastern brethren has consistently been a source of apprehension to the powers-that-be from colonial times till today. Islamist activism in Malaysia has indeed undergone changes, and these did indeed arise from contemporary Middle Eastern influences. But newer strands of Islamism influenced by developments in the Middle East have alarmed authorities. Newly formed Muslim organizations such as Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia, the Islamic Renaissance Front and Hizb at-Tahrir Malaysia are all found to have maintained strong Middle Eastern links, both at the discursive or organizational levels. All three movements in question have so far not displayed violent tendencies although their versions of Islamism exhibit varying degrees of ideological absolutism, distinguishing them markedly from the wave of Islamism that engulfed Malaysia in the 1980s.

Connectography: Mapping The Future Of Global CivilizationConnectography: Mapping The Future Of Global Civilization by Parag Khanna

Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the twenty-first century. In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to explain the rapid and unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. Connectography offers a unique and hopeful vision for the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and technologies have eliminated the need for resource wars; ambitious transport corridors and power grids are unscrambling Africa's fraught colonial borders; even the Arab world is evolving a more peaceful map as it builds resource and trade routes across its war-torn landscape.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #01: Making Sense Of The Election In Myanmar's Rakhine And Shan StatesTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #01: Making Sense Of The Election In Myanmar's Rakhine And Shan States by Oh, Su-Ann

This paper examines why ethnic parties did well in Rakhine and Shan States despite the fact that the National League for Democracy was given a manifest mandate by the Myanmar electorate to represent its interests nationwide. Given the lack of available data, the best explanation that can be offered at present is that the combination of non-state armed ethnic group fighting, recent ceasefire agreements, and economic development of places such as the self-administered areas and urban centres influenced Shan State voters to choose the USDP.

Change In Voting: Singapore's 2015 General ElectionChange In Voting: Singapore's 2015 General Election by Lee, Terence; Kevin Y L Tan (Eds.)

For Singaporeans, the year 2015 will be remembered for its grand celebrations of the nation's 50th year of independence, as well as the demise of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. It was also the year the PAP government recaptured its electoral hyper dominance at Singapore's 13th General Election held on 11 September 2015. This volume analyses the unexpected results of yet another historic election and considers why a change in voting ensued after the 'watershed' polls in 2011. Sixteen well-regarded scholars and political observers uncover the key issues raised and evaluate the impact of the 2015 general election from the perspectives of law, history, politics, media, culture and sociology.

Living In A Time Of Deception - Poh Soo KaiLiving In A Time Of Deception - Poh Soo Kai by Hong Lysa; Wong Souk Yee (Eds.)

This is the historical memoir of Dr Poh Soo Kai, a man of medicine and a founder member of the People's Action Party.

Umbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement UncoveredUmbrellas In Bloom: Hong Kong's Occupy Movement Uncovered by Ng, Jason Y.

The Umbrella Movement put Hong Kong on the world map and elevated this docile, money-minded Asian island to a model for pro-democracy campaigns across the globe. Umbrellas in Bloom is the first book available in English to chronicle this history-making event, based on Jason Ng's firsthand account at the main protest sites. He steps through the 79-day struggle, from the firing of the first shot of tear gas by riot police to the evacuation of the last protester from the downtown encampments. It is all you need to know about the occupy movement: who took part in it, why it happened, how it transpired, and what it did and did not achieve. Together with Hong Kong State of Mind (2010) and No City for Slow Men (2013), Umbrellas in Bloom forms a Hong Kong trilogy that traces the city's sociopolitical development since its return to Chinese rule.

Singapore's Economic Development: Retrospection And Reflections by Lim, Linda Y. C.

Singapore is known internationally for its successful economic development. This volume provides a retrospective analysis of independent Singapore's economic development, from the perspective of different policy domains each considered by different expert scholars in that particular field. Each chapter includes reviews of past scholarship, current data on each policy area, and reflections on required or desirable future policy changes and outcomes.

Central Banking As State Building: Policymakers And Their Nationalism In The Philippines, 1933-64Central Banking As State Building: Policymakers And Their Nationalism In The Philippines, 1933-64 by Yusuke Takagi

From its creation in 1949 until the 1960s, the Central Bank of the Philippines dominated industrial policy, becoming a symbol of nationalism for a newly independent state. The pre-war Philippine National Bank was closely linked to the colonial administration and plagued by corruption scandals. Yet, as Yusuke Takagai shows in this history of the Central Bank, with the country moving toward independence, ambitious young politicians, colonial bureaucrats, and private sector professionals concluded that economic decolonization required a new bank, free from the individuals and institutions that had dominated the colonial economy. Positioning this bank within broader political structures, Takagi concludes that the Filipino policymakers behind the Central Bank worked not for vested interests associated with colonial or neo-colonial rule but for essential policy and structural reform.

Oil Palm Complex, The: Smallholders, Agribusiness And The State In Indonesia And MalaysiaOil Palm Complex, The: Smallholders, Agribusiness And The State In Indonesia And Malaysia by Cramb, Rob; John F. Mccarthy (Ed.)

The oil palm industry has transformed rural livelihoods and landscapes across wide swathes of Southeast Asia, generating wealth along with economic, social, and environmental controversy. It analyses the regional political economy of oil palm, examining how the oil palm industry in Malaysia and Indonesia work as a complex, in which land, labour and capital are closely connected. It unpicks the dominant policy narratives, business strategies, models of land acquisition and labour-processes.

Electoral Dynamics In Indonesia: Money, Politics, Patronage And Clientelism At The GrassrootsElectoral Dynamics In Indonesia: Money, Politics, Patronage And Clientelism At The Grassroots by Aspinall, Edward; Mada Sukmajati

How do politicians win elected office in democratic Indonesia? During the weeks leading to Indonesia's 2014 legislative election, a team of researchers fanned across the country to record campaign events, interview candidates and canvassers, and observe their interactions with voters. Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia presents the results. Through a series of ethnographic studies that span the country from Aceh in the far west to Papua in the east, the book provides unprecedented insight into grassroots electioneering, Indonesian style.

Chinese Language Movement In Malaysia, 1952-1967, The: Language, Ethnicity And Nation-Building In A Plural SocietyChinese Language Movement In Malaysia, 1952-1967, The: Language, Ethnicity And Nation-Building In A Plural Society by Tan Yao Sua; Teoh Hooi See

The Chinese language movement in Malaysia was launched by Chinese educationists to demand the recognition of Chinese as an official language and to legitimise the status of Chinese education in the national educational system. In the process, the official language issue evolved into an ethnic issue that strained ethnic relations between the Chinese and the Malays with severe political implications. This work examines the politics of language in Malaysia during a crucial period when the nation-building process was in its formative stages. It focuses on the contrasting linguistic assertions of the Chinese educationists and the Malay nationalists as well as the attempt by the government to resolve these assertions through an accommodative approach. Language and ethnicity remain a relevant issue in contemporary Malaysia, especially when it involves the vernacular primary school system which has evoked intense ethnic contestation over its actual functional role in the nation-building process.

British Politics: The BasicsBritish Politics: The Basics by Jones, Bill

Over the last two decades British politics has undergone a remarkable transformation. While some components of the system have been eroded, such as voter turnout and membership of the big parties, other parts have flourished, such as nationalist parties, the insurgent UKIP, as well as the new media. British Politics: The Basics analyses these changes and places them within the context of the evolution of British society from absolute monarchy to representative democracy.

Chinese Foreign Policy: An IntroductionChinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction by Lanteigne, Marc

This updated and expanded 3rd edition of Chinese Foreign Policy seeks to explain the processes, actors and current history behind China's international relations, as well as offering an in-depth look at the key areas of China's modern global relations. New chapters address not only China's evolving foreign policy interests but also recent changes in the international system and the effects of China's domestic reforms. In response to current events, sections addressing Chinese trade, bilateral relations, and China's developing strategic interest in Russia and the Polar Regions have be extensively revised and updated.