Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis


Erik Martinez Kuhonta, Dan Slater, and Tuong Vu (eds.)

Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific


Stanford: Stanford University Press

Available From: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8047-6152-9
Binding: paper
Pages: xx, 455


Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis is the thirteenth title in the East-West Center book series, Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific, published by Stanford University Press.

This book argues that Southeast Asian political studies have made important contributions to theory building in comparative politics through a dialogue involving theory, area studies, and qualitative methodology. The book provides a state-of-the-art review of key topics in the field, including: state structures, political regimes, political parties, contentious politics, civil society, ethnicity, religion, rural development, globalization, and political economy. The chapters allow readers to trace the development of the field of Southeast Asian politics and to address central debates in comparative politics. The book will serve as a valuable reference for undergraduate and graduate students, scholars of Southeast Asian politics, and comparativists engaged in theoretical debates at the heart of political science.


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  1. Introduction: The Contributions of Southeast Asian Political Studies
  2. Studying States in Southeast Asia
  3. Democracy and Dictatorship Do Not Float Freely: Structural Sources of Political Regimes in Southeast Asia
  4. Developing Democracies in Southeast Asia: Theorizing the Role of Parties and Elections
  5. Contentious Mass Politics in Southeast Asia: Knowledge Accumulation and Cycles of Growth and Exhaustion
  6. In-Depth Research and Knowledge Accumulation About Agrarian Politics in Southeast Asia
  7. Civil Society and Close Approximations Thereof
  8. Beyond Doctrine and Dogma: Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia
  9. The Study of Political Ethnicity in Southeast Asia
  10. Southeast Asia and the Political Economy of Development
  11. The Missing Countryside: The Price of Ignoring Rural Political Economy in Southeast Asia
  12. Southeast Asia and Globalization: The Political Economy of Illiberal Adaptation
  13. Southeast Asia in Political Science: Terms of Enlistment
  14. Concluding Remarks


"Southeast Asia in Political Science is an excellent starting point for reinvigorating long-neglected debates about poverty and equity in Southeast Asia. It is theoretically and historically sophisticated, contains a wealth of information about social policy in Southeast Asia that is otherwise hard to access, and sets out some provocative ideas that deserve to be taken up and debated by scholars of Southeast Asian political economy from a wide range of theoretical perspectives."

--Ben Thirkell-White, Contemporary Southeast Asia


"Southeast Asia in Political Science is successful on several grounds....[it] is high throughout, expertly edited for coherence and continuity. Invaluable for scholars of Southeast Asia, the volume also reaches out to scholars of other regions and comparative political scientists more broadly who might examine this book to reflect on the relationship between region, theory, and method and learn what Southeast Asia has to offer."

--Ehito Kimura, Japanese Journal of Political Science


"The scholarship here is excellent. These people know their region and its literature cold. This collection demonstrates the potential of qualitative Southeast Asian area studies to contribute to the broader accumulation of knowledge in political science, including the development of disciplinary theory."

--Jack Snyder, Columbia University


"This collection consists of elegantly written, carefully crafted, intelligent, and interesting essays that will be of enormous value to scholars of the politics of Southeast Asia."

--John Sidel, London School of Economics