Wolfgang Sachsenroeder

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore Political Party Forum Southeast Asia

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During the last four years I have been working on political parties in Southeast Asia. The results of this project, which covers eight countries out of the nine eligible (only Laos missing), is now available at Amazon. The title of the book is "Party Politics in Southeast Asia - Organization Money Influence". The country chapters have been written by local experts with a special focus on organization and internal mechanisms. As a follow-up, www.partyforumseasia.org has been online since September 2012 and offers a discussion forum plus database for party strategists, political scientists and political journalists. It also contains a blog with comments on current issues with parties in the region.

Abstract: Sachsenröder, Wolfgang (ed.), Party Politics in Southeast Asia - Organization Money Influence (2014) available at Amazon and other online booksellers. This is the first comparative study covering eight out of the ten Asean member countries. Southeast Asia is an economic power house of sorts with fledgling and often volatile political systems. Political parties and their leaders make decisions on behalf of more than 600 million people with a far reaching impact also on other parts of the world. This is why understanding the driving forces in and behind Southeast Asia’s political parties is important. This book provides a fresh look into organization and internal mechanisms of the main political parties in the region, how they function on the ground, how they hold together, and how their leadership systems work. Internal competition and candidate selection, campaign strategies and party finances, money politics and career opportunities are a special focus in the eight country chapters. While showing the difference between classical party models and the reality on the ground in Southeast Asia, the book provides broad information on party politics in the region, adding a practical view to the vast and often rather theory-laden scholarly literature. It intends to reach out to party members and activists, journalists and other political observers, and to anybody interested in Southeast Asian politics. Contributors: Cambodia: Pan Sopheap, Yang Saing Koma, Kok Tha, Virak Bunnarath, Phnom Penh Indonesia: Rainer Heufers, Warsito Ellwein, Vera J. Putri, M. Husni Thamrin, FNF Jakarta Malaysia: Dr. Kartini Aboo Talib@Khalid, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Myanmar: Zaw Oo, Yangon, Moe Thuzar, ISEAS, Singapore Philippines: Joy Aceron, School of Government at Ateneo de Manila University Singapore: Ass.Prof. Dr.Netina Tan, McMaster University, Canada Thailand: Dr. Pimrapaat Dusadeeisariyakul, FNF Bangkok Vietnam: Kim Le, NUS, Singapore Dr. Wolfgang Sachsenröder (ed.), ISEAS. Singapore
The Contemporary Political Landscape in Cambodia, in: Pou,Wade, Hong, Cambodia - Progress and Challenges since 1991, ISEAS, Singapore 2012, pp.231 - 245
Sachsenroeder, Wolfgang / Frings, Ulrike (edts.), Political Party Systems and Democratic Development in East and Southeast Asia, Ashgate, 1998

Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY