Explaining government turnover in asian democracies

Min Hua Huang, Taehee Whang, Alexander C. Tan

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What explains the Japanese experience of one-party-dominated democracy over the past five decades? More generally, and looking across Asian democracies, what explains variations in the degree of political volatility? We propose a theory of government turnover rate that not only explains political rigidity in Japan and the experience of precarious democracy in Thailand and the Philippines, but also explains changes of government in other Asian democracies. Political volatility, defined as the rate of government turnover, ranges from very low, as seen in one-party-dominated democracies, to very high, as seen in troubled democracies that regularly suffer democratic breakdowns. With our theory, we argue that three major factors contribute interactively to political volatility: executive type, distributive power, and social cleavage. Through a comparative analysis of all Asian democracies, we conclude that the mechanisms resulting in political volatility can be generalized in a unifying theoretical framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-626
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Politics and Policy
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 1

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Huang, Min Hua ; Whang, Taehee ; Tan, Alexander C. / Explaining government turnover in asian democracies. In: Asian Politics and Policy. 2013 ; Vol. 5, No. 4. pp. 609-626.
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In: Asian Politics and Policy, Vol. 5, No. 4, 01.10.2013, p. 609-626.

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