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Chapter 36: Asian Model of Democracy

Asian Model of Democracy

Asian Model of Democracy
Chua Beng Huat

That there could be more than one model of democracy is a position denied by liberal democrats but is frequently defended by non-Western, including Asian, postcolonial politicians. The disagreement is less about democratic procedure of electing the ruling government than about political ideology. Specifically, about liberalism, which has become the presumptive ‘normative’ value of all modern democratic states (Chatterjee, 2011, pp. 2–3), with liberal democracy presumed to be the teleological end point of modern political development. All other modes of governance are decried as deviations from this righteous path, often labeled as ‘authoritarian’ or ‘illiberal’ (Bell, Brown, Jaayasuryia and Jones, 1995). Yet the coupling of liberalism and democracy is historically ...

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