CACS together with GIGA (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) presents “The Rise and Varieties of Party Factionalism in Southeast Asia.” This two-day workshop will examine intra-party factions and factionalism in competitive party systems of Southeast Asia. These include the cases of Indonesia, the Philippines, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia.
The workshop centers upon one question: in competitive party systems of Southeast Asia, what accounts for the rise of factionalism in some party systems, relative to others? This question focuses attention on the evolution of political parties and party systems as crucial building blocks for democracy and democratic consolidation in electoral democracies. Factions are (informal) core institutions extending from parties to parliaments, and state administration into business circles—thus, structuring whole societies. There are relatively few studies on party organizations, and this dearth of studies has made the subject of party organization a virtual “black box.”
See the full list of participants and details from GIGA’s website here.
Submission of papers 15 July 2016
Workshop 1 – 2 August 2016