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Democratization and political reform in the Asia-Pacific: Is there an ‘Asian Model’ of institutional design?

Reilly, Benjamin

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One of the little-noticed consequences of the democratization of the Asia-Pacific has been reforms to key political institutions such as electoral systems, political parties, and parliaments. I argue that, across the region, these reforms have been motivated by common aims of increasing government stability, reducing political fragmentation, and limiting the potential for ethnic politics. As a result, similar strategies of institutional design are evident in areas such as the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorReilly, Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-18T03:39:39Z
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-20T06:05:21Z
dc.date.available2010-10-18T03:39:39Z
dc.date.available2010-12-20T06:05:21Z
dc.date.createdSeptember 29 2004
dc.identifier.citationReilly, B. (2004). Democratization and political reform in the Asia-Pacific: Is there an ‘Asian Model’ of institutional design? Policy and Governance Discussion Paper 04-04. Canberra, ACT: Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10440/1172
dc.description.abstractOne of the little-noticed consequences of the democratization of the Asia-Pacific has been reforms to key political institutions such as electoral systems, political parties, and parliaments. I argue that, across the region, these reforms have been motivated by common aims of increasing government stability, reducing political fragmentation, and limiting the potential for ethnic politics. As a result, similar strategies of institutional design are evident in areas such as the increasing prevalence of ‘mixed-member majoritarian’ electoral systems, attempts to develop aggregative political party systems, and constraints upon the formation of small, ethnic or regional parties. I argue that these political reforms have increasingly converged on an identifiable "Asian model" of institutional design.
dc.format.extent43 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCrawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPolicy and Governance Discussion Paper (Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University): 04-04
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.source.urihttp://www.crawford.anu.edu.au/degrees/pogo/discussion_papers/PDP04-4.pdf
dc.titleDemocratization and political reform in the Asia-Pacific: Is there an ‘Asian Model’ of institutional design?
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub9000
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.crawford.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationReilly, Benjamin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage41
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T10:39:35Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission granted to archive the paper and make it publically available
CollectionsANU Crawford School of Public Policy

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