Absolute monarchy and the legal state in Thailand

The modern legal system in Thailand was established in the early twentieth century not as much to save the country from colonialism as to secure the absolutist...

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Backlash against Rohingya refugees in Malaysia during COVID-19

Norm scholarship in International Relations (IR) tends to investigate the contestation of actors operating at the peak of governance. It therefore overlooks...

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The coalitions presidents make: Presidential power and its limits in democratic Indonesia

Political scientists have conventionally suggested that presidential systems operating in multi-party regimes face problems of stability and effectiveness.

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Grasping at the wind: Trends in the historiography of modern Southeast Asia

The field of modern Southeast Asian history (defined as the period since about 1800) is unusual in the broader discipline of history in the extent to which it...

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In search of analytical parsimony: How to characterise the Indonesian state?

A central question for the development profession is understanding why and how some countries consistently perform strongly according to the usual indicators...

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The ANU Department of Political and Social Change is a leading centre for the study of Asian politics and society. We have considerable depth of expertise on the political and social dynamics of the countries of Asia, in particular Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Korea and China, including the highest concentration of academic staff and PhD students specialising in Indonesian politics outside of Indonesia itself. Academic specialisations include democratisation, national and local politics, gender, conflict and conflict resolution, religious politics and political theory.

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Harold Crouch

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Professor Harold Crouch is a professor in the Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. He obtained his BA...

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Robert Cribb

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Robert Cribb is a historian of modern Indonesia, with wider interests in other parts of Asia. He completed his BA at the University of Queensland and his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies in...

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Katrin Travouillon

My research traces the transformation of Cambodia’s political system since the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords. I first visited Cambodia in 2005 and spent half a year in a small rural village to conduct a...

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Paul Hutchcroft

Paul’s interests in Southeast Asian politics can be traced to 1980-81, when he first lived in the Philippines and witnessed mounting opposition to the rule of Ferdinand Marcos. This eventually led him into...

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David Gilbert

David Gilbert researches ways in which regulation bear on gender and sexuality in Yangon everyday life. Before coming to the ANU, David worked in education and civil society development in Southeast Asia.

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The ANU Department of Political and Social Change is a leading centre for the study of Asian politics and society. We have considerable depth of expertise on the political and social dynamics of Indonesia and China, including the highest concentration of academic staff and PhD students specialising in Indonesian politics outside of Indonesia itself.

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