© 2016

Globalization and Democracy in Southeast Asia

Challenges, Responses and Alternative Futures

  • Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo
  • Boike Rehbein
  • Surichai Wun'gaeo


  • Examines a range of countries in the Southeast Asia region including Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam

  • Offers a way of assessing nation state developments and politics in the region

  • Provides a unique triparte analysis of globalization, democracy and the ‘new middle’


Part of the Frontiers of Globalization book series (FOG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Boike Rehbein, Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo
    Pages 1-13
  3. Democracy and Globalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jan Nederveen Pieterse
      Pages 17-41
  4. Southeast Asia

  5. Focus on Thailand

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo
      Pages 215-242
    3. Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo
      Pages 289-304
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 305-312

About this book


This book questions why Southeast Asian nation states are struggling to adopt full-fledged liberal democracy and attempts to better understand the relationship between globalization and models of democracy.

Through country studies and a comparative analysis, the chapters offer ideas as to how globalization and democracy in the region should be shaped in the decades to come. Country studies are covered mostly by native Southeast Asian scholars who analyse recent developments as well as specific concerns that have arisen from political crises, citizen uprisings, ethnic identity politics, political reforms, social justice and inequality, and the persistence of the political elite.  The collection highlights factors which have impacted the different regional and national paths taken such as: the legacy of the Cold War, rapid economic development and liberalization, external economic globalization, the important role of informal politics, powerful elites, and weak but emerging middle classes.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of regional studies of Southeast Asia, Democracy, Sociology, Politics and Globalization Studies.


civil society sociology Laos Vietnam history democratic transition Malaysia Thailand Myanmar social class Singapore Cambodia Social Inequality Surveillance democracy globalization international relations political science politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo
    • 1
  • Boike Rehbein
    • 2
  • Surichai Wun'gaeo
    • 3
  1. 1.Chulalongkorn University BangkokThailand
  2. 2.Humboldt University BerlinGermany
  3. 3.Chulalongkorn University BangkokThailand

About the editors

Boike Rehbein is Professor of Sociology of Asia and Africa at Humboldt University, Germany.

Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Surichai Wun’gaeo is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Globalization and Democracy in Southeast Asia
  • Book Subtitle Challenges, Responses and Alternative Futures
  • Editors Chantana Banpasirichote Wungaeo
    Boike Rehbein
    Surichai Wun'gaeo
  • Series Title Frontiers of Globalization
  • Series Abbreviated Title Frontiers of Globalization
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57653-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84673-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57654-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 312
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Globalization
  • Buy this book on publisher's site