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The Spectra of Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia is timely as democracy is being tested around the world, including the Southeast Asia. Until recently, democracy and human rights are often regarded as separate matters, with limited relation to one another. In theory, democracy concerns more than mere elections, and this is more so in the context of Southeast Asia where democratic practice is in question. This book contains chapters from eight experts in Southeast Asia, each exploring different but inter-related issues regarding authoritarianism and its linkage with human rights. The range of this book is broad. Apart from building the analysis with fine-grained evidence from the case studies in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, what makes this book distinctive is that it also includes a chapter on civil society and a chapter on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).
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