Democracy in Asia

An often acrimonious East–West debate has arisen on issues of democracy, human rights, good governance, etc. One aim of this series was to augment traditional political studies with more culturally sensitive treatments so that our knowledge of local interpretations of democracy and political legitimacy was improved.


Accordingly, the series encouraged studies of local political structures and political cultures (and their operation within national political processes), new avenues of transitional interaction, and the meeting between what governments interpret as democracy and local cultural and political realities.


The series contributed to the discussion about democracy, democratization and democratic alternatives in Asia, and provided a natural meeting place for scholars working in this field.


Previously edited by Tak-Wing Ngo of Leiden University, The Netherlands, and Hans Antlöv of the Ford Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia, the series is no longer accepting new manuscripts. Tak-Wing Ngo now edits another NIAS Press book series focused on governance in Asia.


Beyond Democracy in Cambodia

Political Reconstruction in a Post-Conflict Society

edited by Joakim Öjendal & Mona Lilja

Democracy in Asia # 12
Paperback - 2009, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 043 0, £18.99

Constructing Singapore

Elitism, Ethnicity and the Nation-Building Project

by Michael D. Barr & Zlatko Skrbiš

Democracy in Asia # 11
Hardback - 2009, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 028 7, £65.00
Paperback - 2009, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 029 4, £25.00

Southeast Asian Responses to Globalization

Restructuring Governance and Deepening Democracy

edited by Francis Loh Kok Wah & Joakim Öjendal

Democracy in Asia # 10
Hardback - 2005, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 43 4, £50.00
Paperback - 2005, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 44 1, £19.99

From Subjects to Citizens

Balinese Villagers in the Indonesian Nation-State

by Lyn Parker

Democracy in Asia # 9
Hardback - 2003, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 04 5, £40.00
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