Title

Improving democratic governance in East Asia

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asian Journal of Political Science

Publication Date

6-1-2008

Volume

16

Issue

1

First Page

64

Last Page

84

Keywords

Constitutional Design, Governance Reform, Presidential Regime, Parliamentary Regime, Good Democracy

Abstract

This article addresses institutionalized instabilities and declining democratic legitimacy in East Asia. It argues that a wide range of reforms could improve democratic governance in the region. Specifically, the article analyses the importance of constitutional design and the need to promote 'good' democracy. It suggests that East Asian democracies should strive for constitutional systems that avoid gridlocks and promote effective governance. Although adopting the parliamentary system represents the optimal strategy, reforming second-tier political institutions can also improve performances of presidential regimes in these countries. Moreover, these democracies need to develop the institutions and processes that encourage greater rule of law, system responsiveness, meaningful citizen participation, and socioeconomic equality. If taken, these reforms could provide East Asian democracies with enhanced stability, efficacy and legitimacy.

DOI

10.1080/02185370801962416

Print ISSN

02185377

E-ISSN

17507812

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Zhang, B. (2008). Improving democratic governance in East Asia. Asian Journal of Political Science, 16(1), 64-84. doi: 10.1080/02185370801962416