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

Reilly, B. (2004) Democratization and political reform in the Asia-Pacific: Is there an ‘Asian Model’ of institutional design?,. In: Australasian Political Studies Association Conference, 29 September - 1 October 2004, University of Adelaide

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ABSTRACT: 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 increasing prevalence of ‘mixedmember 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.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Publisher: Australian National University, Canberra
Copyright: © The Australian National University, Canberra
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/36999
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