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Democratization and Electoral Reform in the Asia-Pacific Region: Is There an "Asian Model" of Democracy?

Reilly, Benjamin

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During the past two decades, numerous Asia-Pacific states have made transitions to democracy founded on basic political liberties and freely contested elections. A little-noticed consequence of this process has been strikingly congruent reforms to key political institutions such as electoral systems, political parties, and parliaments. Across the region, these reforms have been motivated by common aims of promoting government stability, reducing political fragmentation, and limiting the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorReilly, Benjamin
dc.contributor.editorDavid M. Farrell
dc.contributor.editorMatthew S. Shugart
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:36:16Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780857024275
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/35180
dc.description.abstractDuring the past two decades, numerous Asia-Pacific states have made transitions to democracy founded on basic political liberties and freely contested elections. A little-noticed consequence of this process has been strikingly congruent reforms to key political institutions such as electoral systems, political parties, and parliaments. Across the region, these reforms have been motivated by common aims of promoting government stability, reducing political fragmentation, and limiting the potential for new entrants to the party system. As a result, similar strategies of institutional design are evident in the increasing prevalence of �mixed-member majoritarian� electoral systems, new political party laws favoring the development of aggregative party systems, and constraints on the enfranchisement of regional or ethnic minorities. Comparing the outcomes of these reforms with those of other world regions, there appears to be an increasing convergence on an identifiable �Asian model� of electoral democracy.
dc.publisherSage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
dc.relation.ispartofElectoral Systems
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.titleDemocratization and Electoral Reform in the Asia-Pacific Region: Is There an "Asian Model" of Democracy?
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160603 - Comparative Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5202662xPUB121
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationReilly, Benjamin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage273
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage289
local.identifier.doi10.1177/0010414006299097
dc.date.updated2020-11-22T07:42:56Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationIndia
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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