Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies

The Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS) is an international, interdisciplinary and open access social sciences journal covering a variety of topics (culture, economics, geography, politics, society) from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics should be related to Southeast Asia, but are not restricted to the geographical region, when spatial and political borders of Southeast Asia are crossed or transcended, e.g., in the case of linguistics, diaspora groups or forms of socio-cultural transfer. ASEAS publishes two focus issues per year and we welcome out-of-focus submissions at any time. The journal invites both established as well as young scholars to present research results and theoretical and methodical discussions, to report about on-going research projects or field studies, to publish conference reports, to conduct interviews with experts in the field, and to review relevant books. Articles can be submitted in German or English.

Impact Factor: 0.62 (CiteScore 2017)

Online ISSN: 1999-253X

Published by SEAS (Society of South-East Asian Studies)

Vol 11, No 1 (2018)

The Political Economy of New Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia

New authoritarianism has become a global phenomenon over the past years, and Southeast Asia is no exception to this trend. The current issue of ASEAS 11(1) discusses the rise of authoritarianism in the region from a political economy perspective. It raises questions about the connection between economic crises and the rise of authoritarian regimes, as well as the specific kinds of economic projects that authoritarian regimes pursue. The articles in this issue include an analysis of a Chinese mining project in Myanmar’s frontier region as well as a re-interpretation of Thailand's military coup in 2014 against the background of China's Belt-and-Road Initiative and the changing economic world system. Other contributions analyze the continuity and intensification of Malaysia's neo-liberal development paradigms, and the role and potential of National Human Rights Institutions in big transnational infrastructure projects. The articles illustrate not only facets of persistent authoritarian neoliberalism, but they also highlight the dawn of a new Chinese-centered accumulation cycle in world history. They reveal transnational mechanisms of primitive accumulation as well as sophisticated transnational institutionalization processes for the defense of human rights. It becomes clear that any response to new authoritarianism will need transnational cooperation and include a search for more fundamental economic alternatives.


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Table of Contents

The Political Economy of New Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia
Rainer Einzenberger, Wolfram Schaffar

Current Research on Southeast Asia

Rainer Einzenberger
Wolfram Schaffar
Bonn Juego
Carl Middleton
Singhanat Nomnian
William N. Holden

Research Workshop

Wolfram Schaffar

In Dialogue

Wolfram Schaffar

Book Reviews

Book Review: Robinson, B. G. (2018). The Killing Season. A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66.
Timo Duile