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Gangsters, Democracy, and the State in Southeast Asia

Carl A.Trocki, ed.
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A compilation of four essays that present a different approach to the study of politics in Southeast Asia. Most studies focus on politics at the national level, yet these essays deal with regional politics as well as with the practical rather than theoretical aspects of democracy. They examine the electoral process, conflicts between the center and local governments, conflicts between individual freedom and state power, and the corruption, violence, and criminal mindset of local politicians. Essayists include Patricio N. Abinales ('Muslim' Political Brokers and the Philippines Nation-State) and James Ockey (Crime, Society, and Politics in Thailand).

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