Southeast Asia

The Left and the Rise of Bourgeois Opposition

Authored by: Kevin Hewison , Garry Rodan

Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Politics

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415494274
eBook ISBN: 9780203155011
Adobe ISBN: 9781136579196


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There can be little doubt that conservative elements associated with the political Right have been the dominant political influence in Southeast Asia since the end of colonial rule in the 1950s and 1960s. It is true that the Left and related progressive forces have exerted important influences at particular times. However, it is apparent that their agendas of radical social, economic and political transformation have been subordinated to those promoting capitalist economic development, essentially conservative politics and hierarchical social structures as specified in various other chapters of this volume.

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