Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific

ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia

Authors: Jones, L.

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Drawing on the fields of political economy and historical sociology, Jones dispels the overwhelming consensus among scholars that members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) never interfere in the internal affairs of other states, and pioneers a new approach to the understanding of regional politics in Southeast Asia.

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LEE JONES Lecturer in International Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, UK, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research focuses on state-society relations, sovereignty and international intervention and has been published in journals such as The Pacific Review, Asian Security, and The Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

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'An interesting contribution... the book addresses a highly relevant area of research from both scholarly and policy perspectives... Through its approach and originality, it complements existing literature by offering new insights. The book can be recommended to the scholarly community and policy makers. It is of considerable relevance to those interested in the Southeast Asian region... regionalism and regional collaboration more broadly, given that issues such as sovereignty and intervention... are of global relevance.'

- Professor Ramses Amer, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden (in Austrian Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 6:1 (2013), 232-234)

'This innovative study introduces new ways of understanding the relations between ASEAN states. The author, Lee Jones, challenges assumptions that these are defined simply by principles of non-intervention and argues that interference and intervention have also been critical drivers of regional relationships. Most important, he challenges both realist and constructivist assumptions that state interests and norms can be understood in abstractions of 'national interest', arguing that specific forms of state interest and ideology are the products of deeper conflicts within nations themselves and across the region. By embedding critical cases in this political economy framework, the author provides a powerful new analysis of how relations have been forged between the regimes of this increasingly complex and potentially volatile region.'

- Richard Robison, Acting Director and Emeritus Professor, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

'This engaging, timely and intellectually compelling book manages both to ground political science theorising in the richness of an area studies investigation, and to speak truth to power. It reminds us, at a time when ASEAN is increasingly gaining international credibility beyond Southeast Asia, of the Association's sordid, reactionary, undemocratic and interventionist origins. It exposes the ASEAN principle of 'non-intervention' as patently false, ruling elites having repeatedly intervened to suppress or contain populist, democratic and socialist protest. The myth has been shattered; the 'honourable' ASEAN diplomat looks more like a local thug.'

Patricio Abinales, Professor, University of Hawaii, USA

'Anyone who thinks that ASEAN's 'non-interference' principle has not been problematic in practice should read this original, thoughtful, and debatable book.'

Donald K. Emmerson, Director, Southeast Asia Forum, Stanford University, USA

'...an impressive first book by Lee Jones of particular value for scholars and students of ASEAN, contemporary Southeast Asia, regional organizaions and applied International Relations theory. It opens up a new, rich field of enquiry and debate for the study of ASEAN. As a good book does, it questions the answers of conventional wisdom while its own answers generate new questions as well.' - Malcolm Cook, Flinders University, Contemporary Southeast Asia

'There can be no doubt whatsoever that Lee Jones has written one of the most original, innovative and thought-provoking books on ASEAN of recent years. The term "page-turner" is not usually used to characterise academic works, but this analysis is so clearly and intriguingly written that it is hard to lay the book down. Even the most seasoned ASEAN experts will discover new facets to Southeast Asian regionalism in Jones' thoroughly stimulating monograph... The book not only makes an important theoretical contribution to the study of Southeast Asian regionalism as it transcends the great divide between social constructivism and neo-realism but, equally important, provides a valuable insight into the way that member states interact with one another... Lee Jones' book would not be a great one, if it was not controversial in parts.'

- Professor Joern Dosch, Professor of Asia-Pacific Studies, University of Leeds (in the ASEASUK Newsletter no. 52, Autumn 2012), 21-3

"A challenging book ... pioneers a new approach to the understanding of regional politics in Southeast Asia... Jones bravely investigates what sovereignty really means in Southeast Asia today.' - Millennium


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia
Authors
Series Title
Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-35627-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230356276
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-31926-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33984-6
Series ISSN
2662-222X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 262
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