Transparency and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast
Routledge/City University of Hong Kong Southeast Asia
Author: Garry Rodan
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Information Control and Authoritarian Rule in East and
Southeast Asia: Under Challenge? 2. Bedding Down Media and Information Control in Singapore and
Malaysia 3. Bureaucratic Authoritarianism and Transparency Reform in Singapore 4. Keeping Civil
Society at Bay: Media in Singapore After the Crisis 5. Crony Capitalism and Transparency Reform in
Malaysia 6. Challenges to Media Control in Malaysia Conclusion: Advanced Market Systems, Information
Flows and Political Regimes
In Transparency and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Asia, Rodan rejects the notion that the 1997-98
Asian economic crisis was further evidence that ultimately capitalism can only develop within liberal
social and political institutions, and that new technology necessarily undermines authoritarian control.
Instead, Rodan argues that in Singapore and Malaysia external pressures for transparency reform were,
and are, in many respects, being met without serious compromise to authoritarian rule or the sanctioning
of media freedom.
'Rodan has written an enlightening, challenging and provocative book in which he questions the assertion
that greater financial and economic transparency leads to a more open society.