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dc.contributor.advisorCallahan, Mary P.
dc.contributor.authorParker, Kevin J
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-09T19:19:22Z
dc.date.available2012-08-09T19:19:22Z
dc.date.issued1997
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/8204
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues that the Internet is likely to he a strong, positive facilitating factor for the transition to and consolidation of democracy for states in Southeast Asia. U.S. policy makers intent on promoting democracy in Southeast Asia should consider the Internet's potential as a tool for promoting democratization. A review of the existing democratization literature, coupled with quantitative analysis of the societal impact of computer networking technologies, suggests that the level of Internet connectivity is a powerful indicator of democratization. Compared to education and income, Internet connectivity provides greater statistical explanatory power in predicting democracy. The Internet experience in Indonesia and Malaysia, two Southeast Asian states ruled by non%democratic authoritarian regimes, supports this argument. internet expansion in both states has co-varied with increasing levels of political liberalization and this may enhance the prospects for democratic transition. Both states have abandoned strict controls on press freedom and free speech on the internet. A democracy assistance program designed to increase the level of internet connectivity in Southeast Asia may serve the purpose of promoting democracy while also advancing U.S. economic interests. Such a program may he viewed with less suspicion and as more politically neutral than traditional forms of democracy assistanceen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/democratizingpot00park
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleThe democratizing potential of the Internet in Southeast Asiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBruneau, Thomas C.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorDemocracyen_US
dc.subject.authorDemocratizationen_US
dc.subject.authorInterneten_US
dc.subject.authorSoutheast Asiaen_US
dc.subject.authorMalaysiaen_US
dc.subject.authorIndonesiaen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A. in National Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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