Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy

Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy

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What does democracy look like in Pacific Asia? Can democratic governance in the region survive the challenges of corruption, violence, and soft authoritarianism? What impact are economic pressures likely to have? These are among the broad questions tackled in Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy, a comparative study of democratic structures and practices in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Roland Rich offers an original approach to a series of traditional topics: the institutions and legal underpinnings of democracy, the roles of political parties and politicians, the significance of a changing political culture. He also draws on his long experience living and working in the region to explore the public conversations taking place and the media that facilitates them. His elegantly written work suggests that, although the countries of Pacific Asia lack a long democratic tradition, much more significant are the innovative democratic design and the enthusiasm for democratic participation exhibited there.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 330 pages
  • 158.75 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • illustrated Edition
  • 1588265501
  • 9781588265500

Table of contents

Seeking Universality. Charting Asia Pacific. Crafting Democratic Institutions. Establishing the Rule of Law. Anchoring Political Parties. Assessing Politicians. Conducting the Public Conversation. Changing Political Culture. Comparing Democracies. Crystal Ball Gazing.
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Review quote

A significant contribution... Rich's comparative assessment of the democratic credentials and shortfalls of Asia's various regimes is enriched by insights from his extensive diplomatic experience in the region. Gary Rodan, Murdoch University
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About Roland Rich

Roland Rich is on the academic staff of the Australia Defence College. He previously served in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in 1998-2005 was executive director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University. His many publications include Losing Control: Freedom of the Press in Asia and Political Parties in the Pacific Islands.
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