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FY 2010/2011 Research Topic: 4-13
Comparative Studies on Political Institutions in Southeast Asia


The main purpose of this research project is to show how political institutions influence policy outcomes and the stability of political regimes in Southeast Asia. The original ASEAN members – Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore – have developed institutions for representative government since gaining independence. Though all five countries have experienced authoritarian rule, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia accomplished full-scale democratization in the past two decades. Malaysia and Singapore still cannot be considered democracies; nevertheless, political parties and elections are essential tools for rulers to assume and exert power even in these countries.

The five countries have been put in relatively similar structural conditions. None of the five societies are immune to political tensions arising from religious or ethnic divide. More or less, the nations succeeded in industrialization and experienced rapid economic growth. However, their records of policy performance and political stability vary. We will attempt to use comparative studies of the five cases to show how political institutions function as a mediating factor between social structure and political performance.


April 2010-February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] NAKAMURA Masashi
[ Co-researchers ] SUZUKI Sanae


  • First year: Interim Report on Research Project (Japanese)
  • Second year: Ajiken Sensyo Series (Japanese)