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Since World War II the democratic systems adopted by states emerging from colonial rule have in some cases been abandoned and in others suspended or transformed. Two questions arise: Can democracy succeed in newly independent states dominated by communal cleavages? If so, what adjustments are necessary in Western models of democracy? Karl von Vorys contributes new answers by examining the political development of Malaysia, a country which has experimented with changes in the democratic model.

He surveys the conditions under which democracy was established in Malaysia, considering the compromises made with communal groups. Particular attention is paid to the reconstruction of the political system after the race riots of May 1969, which the author observed at first hand.

Originally published in 1975.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. List of Tables and Maps
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 12-13
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  1. Glossary of Abbreviations
  2. pp. 14-17
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 18-31
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  1. PART ONE
  2. pp. 32-33
  1. Preface
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. 1. A Society Dominated by Communal Cleavages
  2. pp. 36-67
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  1. 2. The Failures of Extreme Designs
  2. pp. 68-85
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  1. 3. The Federation of Malaya: The Beginningof Compromise
  2. pp. 86-97
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  1. 4. The Emergency: Rebellion and Retrogression
  2. pp. 98-119
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  1. 5. Independence: A Constitutional Contractamong Communal Groups
  2. pp. 120-155
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  1. PART TWO
  2. pp. 156-157
  1. Preface
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. 6. Vertical Mobilization: Popular Support for the Directorate
  2. pp. 161-176
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  1. 7. Horizontal Solidarity: Cohesion of the Directorate
  2. pp. 177-213
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  1. 8. The Implementation of Cultural Terms: Slow and Halting Progress
  2. pp. 214-233
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  1. 9. The Implementation of Economic Terms: Rapid Growth of Production, Little Change in Distribution
  2. pp. 234-261
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  1. PART THREE
  2. pp. 262-263
  1. Preface
  2. pp. 264-265
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  1. 10. Preparing for Elections (1969): The Parties
  2. pp. 266-279
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  1. 11. Political Confrontation: A Battle for Votes
  2. pp. 280-303
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  1. 12. The Judgment of the Electorate
  2. pp. 304-322
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  1. 13. Armed Confrontation: From Polls to Parangs
  2. pp. 323-353
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  1. PART FOUR
  2. pp. 354-355
  1. Preface
  2. pp. 356-359
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  1. 14. A Barrier to Political Reconstruction:A Credibility Gap
  2. pp. 360-384
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  1. 15. A Challenge to Political Reconstruction:Leadership Crisis in the Alliance
  2. pp. 385-400
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  1. 16. The Program of Political Reconstruction:The Return to Democratic Politics
  2. pp. 401-437
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 438-453
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 454-460
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400871612
MARC Record
OCLC
643628522
Pages
460
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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