By Dan Slater
Just like the postcolonial global extra mostly, Southeast Asia shows super version in kingdom capability and authoritarian sturdiness. Ordering strength attracts on theoretical insights courting again to Thomas Hobbes to strengthen a unified framework for explaining either one of those political results. States are in particular powerful and dictatorships particularly sturdy once they have their origins in "protection pacts": large elite coalitions unified via shared aid for heightened kingdom strength and tightened authoritarian controls as bulwarks opposed to specifically threatening and difficult different types of contentious politics. those coalitions give you the elite collective motion underpinning robust states, powerful ruling events, cohesive militaries, and sturdy authoritarian regimes - all while. Comparative-historical research of 7 Southeast Asian nations (Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Vietnam, and Thailand) unearths that subtly divergent styles of contentious politics after international conflict II give you the most sensible reason for the dramatic divergence in Southeast Asia's modern states and regimes.
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