Southeast Asia: Elites vs. Reform in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam

April 2012

Vietnam and its smaller neighbors Laos and Cambodia remain bastions of illiberalism and one-party rule despite rapid economic growth and falling poverty. What will it take to reform their elitist political cultures and curtail the use of public office for private ends?

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Southeast Asia: Thailand’s Uneasy Passage

April 2012

In 2011, Thais reelected a party backed by deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Why is his brand of populism so irrepressible, and what can be done to reconcile the voting power of Thailand’s rural lower classes with the establishment dug in around the Thai monarchy?

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Southeast Asia: Minding the Gap Between Democracy and Governance

April 2012

Do democracy and good governance necessarily go hand-in-hand? In most Southeast Asian countries, a gap exists between the two. How should we understand good governance in an authoritarian context? And what does poor governance mean for the legitimacy of democracy?

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China and East Asian Democracy: The Coming Wave

January 2012

If there is going to be a great advance of democracy in this decade, it is most likely going to emanate from East Asia.

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China and East Asian Democracy: The Patterns of History

January 2012

The legitimacy and appeal of democracy in East Asia will depend on how democratic countries in the region stack up against China.

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