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Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Development in East Asia

Reilly, B. (2011) Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Development in East Asia. In: Elgie, Robert, Moestrup, Sophia and Wu, Yu-Shan, (eds.) Semi-Presidentialism and Democracy. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 117-133.

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East Asia contains three of the world’s youngest semi-presidential democracies: Mongolia, Taiwan, and East Timor. In addition to having a semipresidential constitutional structure, each of these countries also represents a relatively unusual case of democratization: Taiwan is one of East Asia’s famous “tiger” economies and the world’s only Sinitic democracy, but faces an ongoing crisis of nationhood; Mongolia is one of the few unambiguous examples of a successful transition to democracy and a market economy in the postcommunist world; while East Timor is both East Asia’s poorest nation and its newest democracy. As such, each represents an important test case for assessing the effect of semi-presidentialism upon democratic development.

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Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
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