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Powersharing and power dividing in the Asia-Pacific

Reilly, B. (2018) Powersharing and power dividing in the Asia-Pacific. In: Lutmar, C. and Ockey, J., (eds.) Peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 99-122.

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Executive power sharing has been practised widely in the Asia‐Pacific region, in both formal and informal ways. This chapter examines the theory and practice of these various approaches to the sharing or dividing of governing power across the region. I look first at the broad issues of executive structure and the distinction between presidential and parliamentary systems across the region, at the divergent approaches taken to both formal and informal practices of executive inclusion and at the empirical relationship between these variables and broader goals of political stability. Following this, I construct an “index of power sharing” to compare the horizontal sharing of powers across the region over time. Finally, I look at the experience of vertical powersharing via measures such as federalism, devolution and autonomy.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s)
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