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The emergence of new politics in Malaysia from consociational to deliberative democracy

Mohd Sani, Mohd Azizuddin (2009) The emergence of new politics in Malaysia from consociational to deliberative democracy. Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 5 (2). pp. 97-125. ISSN 1815-7238

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Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has practiced consociational democracy that permits elite deliberation only. However, in the 2008 general election, Malaysian voters almost caused the Barisan Nasional government to be toppled by the opposition.They demanded more participation in policy making, as consociationalism has led to many malpractices in the government such as corruption and cronyism. The demands rose by the opposition, civil society, and new media have forced the government to implement an element of deliberative democracy. Although such deliberative democracy is probably a mask for the real agenda of continued authoritarian deliberation, strong pressures from the people are apt to ensure that deliberative democracy will be effectively practiced in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysia, deliberative democracy, consociational democracy, civil society, Internet.
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Mohd. Azizuddin Mohd Sani
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2013 07:09
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2014 01:58
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/7257

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