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Coalitions and competition in Malaysia : incremental transformation of a strong-party system

Koalitionen und Wettbewerb in Malaysia : langsame Transformation eines Systems mit einer starken Partei
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Weiss, Meredith L.

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Abstract "The seeming entrenchment of a two-coalition system in Malaysia solidifies the centrality of strongly institutionalised parties in the polity. The primary parties in Malaysia reach deeply into society and nest within dense networks of both intra-party and external organisations. Given this order - which differentiates Malaysia from its neighbours in the region - political liberalisation, if it happens, should be expected largely via electoral politics, and, specifically, through inter-party challenges. Indeed, the ideological and material premises of the emergent Pakatan Rakyat (People's Alliance) differ substantially from those of the long-standing Barisan Nasional (National Front), even as both pursue the same broad swathe of voters. This distinction reflects and furthers transformation in Malaysian politics, including not just a shift in the salience of communal identities and in policy proposals and issues, but also in patterns of political engagement both within and outside of parties, regardless of which coalition controls parliament." (author's abstract)
Keywords Malaysia; political system; party system; coalition; political change; Southeast Asia; developing country; Asia
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 19-37
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 32 (2013) 2
Issue topic The 2013 Malaysian elections
ISSN 1868-1034
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs