Political Crisis and The Rise of the Far-Right: Southeast Asian Politics after the Global Economic Crisis

Prof. Kanishka Jayasuriya1

1Murdoch University, Perth , Australia

This paper explores emerging trends towards a more authoritarian politics in Southeast Asia. It goes without saying that Southeast Asia is complex region with a range of political regimes and there are pitfalls in making too broad generalisations. Nevertheless, I argue in this paper that in Southeast Asia   after the global crisis of 2008 – and the growing strategic and political role of China within the region- if you like shifting political and economic tectonic plates – a reconfiguration of the nature and form of political regimes as they crystallise in the institutions and ideologies that shape state-society relations. A crucial dimension of this transition is the crisis of forms of technocratic governance – and the social forces that supported – towards a more authoritarian right-wing populist politics


Kanishka Jayasuriya is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Murdoch University



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