Towards Illiberal Democracy in Pacific Asia

  • Daniel A. Bell
  • David Brown
  • Kanishka Jayasuriya
  • David Martin Jones

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Daniel A. Bell, Kanishka Jayasuriya
    Pages 1-16
  3. David Brown, David Martin Jones
    Pages 78-106
  4. Kanishka Jayasuriya
    Pages 107-133
  5. Jones, Jayasuriya, Bell, Jones
    Pages 163-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 168-197

About this book


This book challenges the view that liberal democracy is the inevitable outcome of economic modernization. Focusing on the stable and prosperous societies of Pacific Asia, it argues that contemporary political arrangements are legitimised by the values of hierarchy, familism and harmony. An arrangement that clearly contrasts with a western understanding of political liberalism and the communicatory democracy it facilitates. Instead of political change resulting from a demand for autonomy by interest groups in civil society, the adoption of democratic practice in Asia ought to be viewed primarily as a state strategy to manage socio-economic change.


democracy democratization development economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel A. Bell
    • 1
  • David Brown
    • 2
  • Kanishka Jayasuriya
    • 3
  • David Martin Jones
    • 4
  1. 1.Carnegie Council on Ethics and International AffairsUSA
  2. 2.Murdoch UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.University of SydneyAustralia
  4. 4.National University of SingaporeSingapore

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