Questions on Search for Political Structures in Southeast Asia (Nature of Democracy/Pluralistic Political Structures and the Rise of Maximum Governments)
These questions focus on assessing whether parliamentary/liberal democracy has taken root in Southeast Asia after independence.
Evaluate the importance of a democratic government in independent Southeast Asia.
“Democracy was successfully established in the newly-independent states of Southeast Asia.” Examine the validity of this claim.
Did democracy fail in independent Southeast Asia?
These questions focus on evaluating the causes for the demise of pluralistic political structures and the emergence of maximum governments.
How far was the Cold War responsible for the rise of maximum governments in independent Southeast Asia?
Why has maximum government been such a feature of the independent Southeast Asian states?
“The circumstances demanded it.” Comment on the truth of this statement for the rise of authoritarian regimes in post-independence Southeast Asian states.
“In Southeast Asia, ‘maximum government’ assumed political authority by default.” Assess this statement.
‘The rise of maximum governments in Southeast Asian states after independence was inevitable’ Discuss.
To what extent was maximum government in the independent Southeast Asian countries a product of communist influence?
“The rise of authoritarian regimes in post-WWII Southeast Asia could be traced to Cold War dynamics.” Discuss.
How far would you agree that the prevalence of authoritarianism after World War Two was a reaction to the increasing threat of communism that swept Southeast Asia?
‘Given the fissiparous nature of Southeast Asian countries, post-colonial elites across the region were thus naturally inclined towards governments that wielded pervasive authority in order to...
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