The Political Theory of Tyranny in Singapore and Burma: Aristotle and the rhetoric of benevolent despotism

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Title The Political Theory of Tyranny in Singapore and Burma: Aristotle and the rhetoric of benevolent despotism
Author McCarthy, Stephen Neil
Year Published 2006
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This book applies classical political theory to modern comparative political analysis in Southeast Asia to examine the role of rhetoric in maintaining or transforming a regime. Using Singapore and Burma as case studies, the book questions the basic assumptions of democratization theory, examines the political science of tyranny and explores the relationship between political culture and the role of rhetorical strategies aimed at securing political legitimacy. It shows how leaders in Singapore or Burma have either invented or manipulated traditional beliefs by their selective interpretation of Confucian or Buddhist traditions in their favor, and discusses the issue of imposing Western cultural bias in studying non-Western regimes by analyzing rhetorical traits that are universally regular in politics.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Edition 1st
ISBN 0415701864
Date Accessioned 2007-03-15
Date Available 2007-07-31T23:26:52Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Comparative Government and Politics; Political Theory and Political Philosophy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/12691
Publication Type Books (Authored Research)
Publication Type Code a1

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