Introduction : democracy and governance

Lok Sang HO, Brian BRIDGES

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During the past decades since the end of the Second World War many countries in Asia have adopted some form of democracy. In some the struggle for democratization has led to consolidation and freely functioning democracies. In others the path has been marked by reversals and set-backs and frequent changes in style and content. In yet others, democratization, as understood in the West, has yet to occur or has been stifled and suppressed. What is particularly disturbing, however, is that some of the Asian countries that had instituted democracy at an early stage, such as Indonesia and the Philippines, apparently failed miserably economically, while many of the other Asian apparently failed miserably economically, while many of the other Asian countries, such as China and Singapore, that until quite recently have not introduced “Western style” democracy apparently have been doing very well and have enjoyed a strong economy and growing international stature. How can this paradox be explained? By focusing on the key concept of governance, this volume, through both the conceptual chapters and the individual country case study chapters, aims to throw light on the dynamics of political development and realities of policy capabilities across Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic governance in Asia and the limits of electoral democracy
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781848446281
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


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