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Political Economy of Southeast Asia


Admission requirements

BA Indonesian Studies or equivalent


This research seminar looks into various aspects of political economy. Special attention is given to the nexus between private business and political power using concrete examples from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in particular. A second category of topics is in the field of international political economy, including a comprehensive study of external relations of ASEAN with China, Japan and the United States. Specific topics for discussion and individual research range from bilateral trading arrangement to security issues.

Course objectives

To gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of political economy and their application to the ASEAN member states.



Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Essay (6000 words) – 70% of the course assessment

  • Performance in class, including presentations – 30%


Not applicable

Reading list

  • Gomez, Edmund Terrence (ed.), Political business in East Asia (London/New York: Routledge, 2005).

  • Lee Poh Ping, Tham Siew Yean and George T. Yu (eds), The emerging East Asian community (Bangi: Penerbit UKM, 2006).
    Additional readings are assigned at the beginning of the course.


Registration through uSis mandatory
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please consult the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Dr. J.T. Lindblad