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Culture, relativism and democracy: political myths about 'Asia' and the 'West'

Lawson, Stephanie


This paper critically explores the way in which some debates about democracy in Southeast Asia have utilised notions of 'Asia' and the 'West' as specific cultural constructions underscoring the legitimacy of certain political practices and institutions. More specifically, these cultural constructions serve as legitimating devices for a style of political rule known as 'Asian democracy', versions of which have been put forward from time to time by political elites in Indonesia, Singapore and...[Show more]

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Date published: 1995
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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