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Democratization and the Myth of the Liberalizing Middle Classes

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Towards Illiberal Democracy in Pacific Asia

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In the East and Southeast Asian newly industrialised countries (NICs), or to use the preferred acronym of a recent World Bank Report, High Performing Asian Economies (HPAEs), it appears that political development occurs in the wake of economic modernization. Arbitrary rule gives way to constitutional and institutional procedures and restraints, and competitive elections replace the military coup as the favoured means of legitimating leadership transition.

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© 1995 Daniel A. Bell, David Brown, Kanishka Jayasuriya and David Martin Jones

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Brown, D., Jones, D.M. (1995). Democratization and the Myth of the Liberalizing Middle Classes. In: Towards Illiberal Democracy in Pacific Asia. St Antony’s Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230376410_4

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