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. Introduction, William Case and Stephen McCarthy Part I: Governance and Democracy 2. Democracy and Good Governance: A Conceptual Analysis of a Contested Relation, Riccardo Pelizzo 3. Good Governance versus Liberal Democracy? Uncivil Society in Thailand and the Philippines, Mark R. Thompson Part II: Political Society 4. Electoral Governance in the Asia-Pacific: Models of Democracy in Asia and the Pacific, Benjamin Reilly 5. Is Accountability Less in New Democracies than under Authoritarian Rule? Lessons in Executive-Legislative Relations and Governance in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, William Case 6. Governance and the Judicialization of Politics in Asia, Bjoern Dressel 7. Political Parties, Legislatures and Governance in the South Pacific, Henry Okole Part III: Civil Society 8. The Nature of Civil Society and Governance in Militarized Regimes: Lessons from Burma and Fiji, Stephen McCarthy 9. Religion, Think Tanks and the Governance of Political Transformation in China, Doug Smith 10. Chinese Civil Society Organizations, Minjian Tuanti and their Legal Environment: An Exploration into the Governance of the Informal Political Sector in China, David Schak 11. Conclusion, William Case and Stephen McCarthy