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This paper attempts to analyse governance systems in Southeast Asia and proposes some policy suggestions that can improve governance practices in the region. Regardless of level of development, Southeast Asian countries need to establish and strengthen their transparency and accountability structures in order to continue the momentum for broad-based growth. It is also necessary to provide more room for participation by civil society groups. More responsive and simplified regulatory structures are needed, and so are strong law enforcement mechanisms. In all these, the ultimate challenge lies in seeking allies and building constituencies for reform.

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