Parliaments and Political Change in Asia

Parliaments and Political Change in Asia
Date of publication:  2005
Number of pages:  324
Code:  BM266

About the publication

This study of the national parliaments of India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand is inspired by four major theoretical discourses: neo-institutionalism, parliamentarianism versus presidentialism, majoritarian versus consensus democracy, and transition theory. The book examines the specific role of parliaments in political decision-making, regime change, democratization, and consolidation of democracy in a comparative perspective. It argues that parliaments play a greater part in the political decision-making than is often asserted and that there is no cogent causal relationship between parliamentary performance and system of government.


  • Parliaments and Political Change in Asia
  • Preliminary pages
  • Chapter One:Introduction
  • Chapter Two:Historical Background
  • Chapter Three:Parliaments and Regime Change
  • Chapter Four:Parliaments and Constitutions
  • Chapter Five:Parliaments and Elections
  • Chapter Six:Parliaments and Political Parties
  • Chapter Seven:Parliamentary Inclusiveness: The Social Profile
  • Chapter Eight:The Internal Structure of Parliaments
  • Chapter Nine:Parliamentary Functions
  • Chapter Ten:Conclusion: Reputation, Reform, and the Future of Parliaments
  • References
  • Index

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