Wendy Tan*, Ronald L. Holzhacker*

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This introduction presents a varied and multidimensional view of challenges of governance in Southeast Asia and ASEAN through the variety of disciplines and nationalities involved in the book. In light of 50 years of regional collaboration and integration as the member states of ASEAN seek to chart out a future path for the region, this book is dedicated to showcasing the different facets and challenges to governance that occur due to internal and external pressures for the various member states. The editors are particularly interested in the multilevel governance challenges on issues of democracy, equity and sustainability, the adaptation of policies and norms to fit an ASEAN way, and the changing roles of civil society and citizens in this process of seeking a common identity and voice. The book is divided into four sections. The first section introduces the fundamental political and institutional dynamics that are in play within the region and the interplay between regional forces and national norms. The second section tackles the economic and legal discourses that various member states face in relation to external and internal pressures related to international and regional trade and industry. The third section focuses on issues of sustainability and equity resulting from the vast socio-spatial differences in the varied cities and regions of the member states. In the final section, the dilemmas resulting from economic growth in exploitative industries and the impact that has on the local and regional community through the lenses of inclusivity and justice are discussed. Written by a diverse collection of policy makers, researchers, educators and activists, this book provides an authoritative firsthand analysis of key challenges to governance in Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges of Governance
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment and Regional Integration in Southeast Asia and ASEAN
EditorsR.L. Holzhacker, W.W.Y. Tan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030590543
ISBN (Print)9783030590567, 9783030590536
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameDevelopment and Governance (DG)
ISSN (Print)2567-5133
ISSN (Electronic)2567-5354


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