Improving democratic governance in East Asia
Asian Journal of Political Science
Constitutional Design, Governance Reform, Presidential Regime, Parliamentary Regime, Good Democracy
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.
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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