Regional public opinion towards the formation of political security community in Southeast Asia

Kamarulnizam Abdullah, Benny Guido

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This study is aimed to examine and analyze public opinion on the formation of regional political and security community initiated by the Association Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN). It has been argued that the Southeast Asian regionalism and community building initiatives need to have general public's support and understanding as it had been shown during the early stages of the European integration process. For decades, Southeast Asian regionalism tends to be governed by state. Hence, the study analyses and compares several interlinked variables such as awareness, attitudes, perception and aspiration on the proposed ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC). It is based on a survey conducted in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The questionnaire for the survey combined close-ended and open-ended questions. The questionnaire was made available in three different languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu and English). A total number of 1,256 respondents were involved in the study. The quota-sampling procedure was employed to ensure that the respondents were balanced by gender and working status. The study found that respondents in the three countries did show lack of awareness on APSC. They perceived APSC as an elitist and dominated by state agenda. However, the majority of respondents were positive on the future of APSC since they believe that it would contribute among others constructive peaceful resolution in the region. Generally, the study found that respondents displayed some positive attitudes and support for the regional political-security community process, but their aspirations appeared to be different from that of the European regionalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)650-665
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Journal of Scientific Research
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • ASEAN political security community
  • Attitude
  • Perception
  • Public opinion
  • Regional integration

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Regional public opinion towards the formation of political security community in Southeast Asia. / Abdullah, Kamarulnizam; Guido, Benny.

In: Asian Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2013, p. 650-665.

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