Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines the role of the electoral system as an element of consensus and majoritarian democracy in seven Asian countries. More specifically, it inquires about the types of democracy in Asia, how the electoral system affects the majoritarian or consensus character of democracies, and the ways in which electoral systems have an impact on the consolidation of majoritarian or consensus democracies. To illuminate these three questions the paper compares six young democracies in Asia-Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand-and contrasts them with Japan, an old and consolidated democracy.

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ISSN
2288-2871
Print ISSN
0258-9184
Pages
pp. 5-39
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-23
Open Access
No
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