Coalition Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Asia

Hardcover | October 26, 2012

EditorE. Sridharan

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Much comparative research and theory-building has been undertaken on politics in Western democracies. There has been theorizing on democratization and the sustainability of democracies on Asian cases. But the relationship between coalition politics and the consolidation of democracy in thecontext of developing and multi-ethnic Asian countries characterized by evolving parties and alliances remains largely under-researched. This volume compares the patterns of coalition politics and of institutionalization of democracy in four Asian countries-India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Japan-that have experienced a significant period of coalition politics. The essays, by leading country scholars, examine whether coalition politicsand its inevitable sharing of power is conducive to the consolidation of, and/or improvement in, the quality of democracy. Their findings suggest that coalition politics conduces to power-sharing and hence to the consolidation of democracy only under certain conditions, depending on whetherinclusive parties and coalitions get institutionalized, and whether the coalitions are formed within or across ethnic and other cleavages.

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Much comparative research and theory-building has been undertaken on politics in Western democracies. There has been theorizing on democratization and the sustainability of democracies on Asian cases. But the relationship between coalition politics and the consolidation of democracy in thecontext of developing and multi-ethnic Asian co...

E. Sridharan is Academic Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India, New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:October 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198079397

ISBN - 13:9780198079392

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List of TablesPrefaceList of AbbreviationsE. Sridharan: Introduction: Theorizing Democratic Consolidation, Parties, and Coalitions1. E. Sridharan: Coalitions and Democratic Deepening in India2. Khadijah Md. Khalid and Zakaria Haji Ahmad: Coalition Politics in Malaysia3. Jayadeva Uyangoda: The Dynamics of Coalition Politics and Democracy in Sri Lanka4. Takako Hirose: Coalition Politics in JapanE. Sridharan: Conclusion: Culling Lessons from Comparing the Country CasesNotes on Contributors