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Electoral Systems and Party Systems in East Asia

Reilly, B. (2007) Electoral Systems and Party Systems in East Asia. Journal of East Asian Studies, 7 (02). pp. 185-202.

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Over the past two decades, numerous East Asian states have undergone transitions to democracy. One of the most distinctive aspects of democratization has been the way East Asian democracies have sought to manage political change by institutional innovations that aim to influence the development of the region's party systems. These reforms have typically tried to promote more centrist and stable politics by encouraging fewer, and hence larger, political parties. The result is an increasing evolution of the region's electoral and party system constellations toward more majoritarian elections and, in some cases, nascent two-party systems.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: 2009 © EAST ASIA INSTITUTE
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