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William Case

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

William Case is Professor and Head of School of Politics, History and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He was previously Professor of Southeast Asian politics and Director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) at City University of Hong Kong; Associate Professor in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia); Lecturer at University College, University of New South Wales, Australian Defense Force Academy; and Adjunct Lecturer at MARA University (Institute) of Technology (Shah Alam, Malaysia). He has also held visiting or research positions at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University; Ateneo de Manila University; University of Malaya; De La Salle University (Manila); National University of Malaysia; University of the Philippines at Diliman; Chulalongkorn University; and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta).

Expertise Summary

Professor Case's areas of research specialization include Comparative Politics, Comparative Democratization, Elite Analysis, and Southeast Asian politics.

Teaching Summary

Professor Case's teaching and learning interests include comparative political economy, global political economy, comparative politics, political regime types and change, and democratization. At… read more

Research Summary

Professor Case is currently researching China's Belt Road Initiative, Malaysia's role in the Maritime Silk Road, and the implications of these cross-regional dynamics for local politics. He is also… read more

Professor Case's teaching and learning interests include comparative political economy, global political economy, comparative politics, political regime types and change, and democratization. At UNMC, he teaches into the International Relations programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Current Research

Professor Case is currently researching China's Belt Road Initiative, Malaysia's role in the Maritime Silk Road, and the implications of these cross-regional dynamics for local politics. He is also continuing a longstanding research agenda involving democratic change and authoritarian resilience across the Southeast Asian region.

Past Research

Professor Case's most recent publications include the following:

Books and Monographs

Populist Threats and Democracy's Fate in Southeast Asia: Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia (London: Routledge Focus, Contemporary Asia Series), 2017.

Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization, ed. (London: Routledge), 2015.

Book chapters

"Political Elites in Southeast Asia", Heinrich Best and John Higley, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites (Palgrave), 2017, pp. 225-240.

"Democracy's Meaning, Progress, and Recession", in Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley, eds., Issues in 21st Century World Politics, third ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), [updated and substantially revised version of chapter published in second ed., listed below], 2016, pp. 233-249.

"Feckless Federalism in Malaysia", in Wilhelm Hofmeister and Edmund Tayao, eds., Federalism and Decentralization: Perceptions for Political and Institutional Reforms (Singapore: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung/Local Government Development Foundation), 2016, pp. 165-188.

"Democracy's Mixed Fortunes in Southeast Asia: Torpor, Change, and Trade-offs, in William Case, ed., Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization (London: Routledge), 2015, pp. 3-23.

"Democracy, Hybridity, and Accountability in Southeast Asia's Legislatures", in William Case, ed., Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization (London: Routledge), 2015, pp. 250-267.

"Malaysia's Unexceptionalism: Like Elsewhere Elites are Fractious", in Meredith Weiss, ed., Routledge Handbook on Malaysian Politics (London: Routledge), 2015, pp. 36-49.

Refereed journal articles (and commissioned articles in refereed journals)

"Stress Testing Leadership in Malaysia", The Pacific Review (Routledge/Center for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalization, Warwick University), vol. 30, no. 5, 2017, pp. 633-654.

"Vietnam in 2015: Factional Battles, Economic Tailwinds, and Neighborhood Jitters", Asian Survey (University of California), vol. 56, no. 1 (January/February), 2016, pp. 93-100.

"Malaysia in 2013", Asian Survey (University of California), vol. 54, no. 1 (January/February), 2014, pp. 56-63.

Future Research

Professor Case envisions new research agendas involving China-Southeast Asia relations and their impact on the comparative political economies of Southeast Asian country cases. He hopes also to resume study of political change in the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

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