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Does democracy mean greater accountability and less corruption? Is press freedom a prerequisite for economic development? Should religious fundamentalists have a greater voice in government?

Comparative politics students will benefit from CQ Researcher's award-winning, non-partisan reporting that looks at today's most important problems, ranging from democratization and regime change to policies on immigration, welfare, and religion. Each essay identifies key players, explores what's at stake, and shows how past and current developments impact the future. Reports include maps, charts, a chronology, and a yes/no feature box.

Democracy in Southeast Asia
Democracy in Southeast Asia
A grieving woman fondly touches a banner honoring former Philippines President Corazon (“Cory”) Aquino, who died last August. Aquino is revered for leading the nonviolent People Power movement in 1986 that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy. Her son Benigno (“Noynoy”) was elected president on May 10, vowing to end widespread government corruption.

From CQ Researcher, June 2010.

It was a bizarre, unsettling scene and, inevitably, it turned ugly. For months, thousands of red-shirted anti-government protesters demanding new elections had camped amid the shimmering skyscrapers of downtown Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia's most modern urban centers. In recent weeks, however, the protests exploded into some of the worst political violence in Thailand's modern history. The clashes erupted on May ...

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