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Government and Politics in Malaysia addresses core political science concerns over the nature of political systems, and key political issues. The chapters are written by specialists, both local and international, with an intimate knowledge of the country. The chapters are self contained and contributors have followed more or less a uniform format. They begin by introducing the topic from a theoretical perspective explaining, albeit briefly, the nature of the concept, its types and functions, both from Islamic and Western perspectives, in easily understandable terms. Thus, the contributors present the recent models and approaches to the study of politics in a cogent form and show their application to the intensive study of the political system of a particular country. Each chapter also begins with a brief overview of the historical development of the institution or process presented, and then examines its role in contemporary Malaysian politics at length. The past is examined, it must be emphasized, in order to comprehend the present. Taken as a whole, the book provides readers with a greater appreciation and a deeper understanding of the core concerns of government and politics in Malaysia from its inception to its current position as a country determined to achieve developed-nation status by 2020.
(1) Covers some of the issues not covered in earlier works on Malaysian government and politics
(2) It is written in simple language, making it as clear and readable as possible for the uninitiated student, without sacrificing scholarship or content.
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(4) The list of materials for further reading given at the end of the book
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ABDUL RASHID MOTEN is Professor of Political Science at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He earned his BA (Hons) and MA from Dhaka University Bangladesh, MA from Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada. He has over 35 years of experience in research, development of curriculum and University level teaching in various countries. He has authored, edited and co-edited 20 books and published over 100 articles in internationally refereed journals. He is the editor of Intellectual Discourse, the flag-ship journal of the International Islamic University Malaysia. His areas of specialization include International Relations, Comparative Politics (with special reference to South and Southeast Asia), and Islamic Political Movements. His Introduction to Political Science 2E (Singapore: Thomson Learning, 2006) is a recognized text in various universities. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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