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Networks of power in Southeast Asia - Sponsored by the Indonesia Timor Leste Studies Committee (ITLSC)

Sat, April 2, 5:15 to 7:15pm, Washington State Convention Center, 3rd Floor, Room 307

Session Submission Type: Organized Panel


A remarkable feature of democratization processes across Southeast Asia – from Indonesia to the Philippines, Cambodia and Malaysia – is the persistence of networks of power that are not necessarily encompassed within formal institutions. This panel focuses on the phenomenon of this “infrastructure of power” as it is expressed through political relations. It examines various aspects of how such networks are constructed, ranging from road building programs to the dilemmas of politicization of bureaucracy in local settings; from the role of political violence, to the role of elite attendance at weddings. The aim of the panel is twofold: to highlight the diverse approaches necessary to explain how and why networks are formed and maintained; and to encourage productive dialogue between these approaches in order to understand how networks shape politics in the region.

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