In the Asia Pacific region, historical legacies and social structures dispose civil and political society to interact in different ways to Western best-practice scenarios which then go on to produce have implications for democracy and governance. These outcomes are derived from conditions that are delicately intertwined and are influenced by, and have influence upon, colonial legacies, religion, ethnic pluralism, the role of the military, the monarchy, bureaucratic capacities, constitutions, party systems, elections, executive-legislative relations, and the judiciaries.
This book examines this complex network of underlying conditions and the relations between them, examining the nature of civil and political society in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the presence, or absence, of good governance and democracy. Divded into three themes - governance and democracy, political society, and civil society - each theme is intended to focus our attention on the kinds of issues it identifies and, in turn, encourage both an analytical and a comparative study between a number of similar countries or cases in the Asia Pacific region.
1. Making Sense of Democracy and Governance in the Asia-Pacific, Stephen McCarthy and Mark R. Thompson
2. Democracy and Governance: A Conceptual Analysis of a Contested Relation, Riccardo Pelizzo
3. Singapore: Challenges of ‘Good Governance’ Without Liberal Democracy, Netina Tan
4. The Good versus the Many: ‘Good Governance’ and Democracy in Thailand and the Philippines, Mark R. Thompson
5. Electoral Governance: Models of Democracy in Asia and the Pacific, Benjamin Reilly
6. Can Solomon Islands Escape its Clientelist Trap? Terrence Wood
7. Governance, Rule of Law and Judicial Reform Challenges in Contemporary Cambodia, Lucy West
8. Governance and the Rule of Law: Reflections on Tensions in Thailand, Bjoern Dressel
9. Militarized Civil Society and Governance in the Asia Pacific: Burma (Myanmar) and Fiji, Stephen McCarthy
10. Think Tanks and the Governance of Political Transformation in China, Paul Howard and Doug Smith
11. Governance and Christianity in the PRC, David Schak