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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (September 18, 2012) -- Dr. Azlan Tajuddin, associate professor and chair of the sociology department at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA, has published a new book titled Malaysia in the World Economy (1824-2011): Capitalism, Ethnic Divisions, and “Managed” Democracy. The 292-page book, which was released in June 2012, has received excellent reviews from leading scholars and researchers in the field of political economy.

Using Malaysia as a case study, the book explores the issue of why the industrial development of a post-colonial society is seldom accompanied by a proportionate democratization of its political system. Despite rapid industrialization, which has earned Malaysia its place among the world’s newly industrializing economies, the country has been afflicted by persistent social inequalities, polarizing ethnic divisions, and the continuing decline of its democratic institutions, that have enabled a single ruling coalition to remain in power for the last 55 years. In explaining these problems, Malaysia in the World Economy (1824-2011) critically analyzes the relationship between capitalist development and political economic culture in Malaysia through a comparative-historical methodological approach that uniquely combines both macro and micro-theoretical arguments.

Dr. Azlan Tajuddin is a graduate of political science and international relations from the University of Minnesota. He obtained a doctorate in sociology from the University of Tennessee.

Prior to his involvement in the collegiate world, Dr. Tajuddin held various management positions in both business and government. His experiences in organization took him to numerous places around the world, and introduced him to different peoples and cultures.

As an academician, Dr. Tajuddin is trained as a political economist, and has presented and published several works in the area of ethnic relations, educational sociology and management. As an instructor, he considers himself a general sociologist, and currently teaches a variety of courses within the discipline including the environment, sports, religion, politics, cities, social movements, globalization and anthropology.

Malaysia in the World Economy (1824-2011) is published by Lexington Books, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham, Maryland. For more information, please go to, or contact Azlan Tajuddin at

### About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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