Weak and Strong States in Asia-Pacific Societies

Weak and Strong States in Asia-Pacific Societies

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This book critically examines the concepts of weak and strong states within a state-in-society approach. The empirical studies focus on Southeast Asia and Melanesia, areas with a wide variety of states and societies, from the seemingly strong states of Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam to the apparently weak states of Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.By focussing on how the various components of a state are woven into society - and on how these interactions continually transform states and societies - the authors are able to move beyond facile or static evaluations of state strengths and weaknesses. They analyse why so many states stay intact despite poor services and internal disorder, why seemingly strong states can be strikingly weak in particular areas or at certain times, and why apparently weak states are sometimes remarkably resilient. This contributes to a much deeper understanding of the nature of states and societies in the Asia-Pacific, as well as highlighting the analytical advantages and disadvantages of using the concepts of weak and strong states.
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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 1863739831
  • 9781863739832

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ContributorsAcknowledgmentsWeak states, strong states: A state in society perspectivePeter DauvergneWhy do so many states stay intact?Joel S. MigdalIn weakness and strength: State, societies and order in Papua New GuineaSinclair DinnenState, society and governance: a Philippines-Papua New Guinea comparisonR.J. MayMigdal in MelanesiaPeter LarmourIndonesia's 'strong' stateHarold CrouchConfucius in Singapore: Culture, politics and the PAP stateStephanie LawsonWeak states and the environment in Indonesia and the Solomon IslandsPeter DauvergneLand regimes and state strengths and weaknesses in the Philippines and VietnamBenedict J. Tria KerkvlietIndex
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About Peter Dauvergne

Peter Dauvergne is a lecturer with the Department of International Relations at the Research School of Pacific Asian Studies and is the author of Shadows in the Forest.
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