1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Asian Parliaments

Edited By Po Jen Yap, Rehan Abeyratne Copyright 2023
    436 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook showcases the rich varieties of legislatures that exist in Asia and explains how political power is constituted in 17 jurisdictions in East, Southeast and South Asia.

    Legislatures in Asia come in all stripes. Liberal democracies co-exist cheek by jowl with autocracies; semi-democratic and competitive authoritarian systems abound. While all legislatures exist to make law and confer legitimacy on the political leadership, how representative they are of the people they govern differs dramatically across the continent, such that it is impossible to identify a common Asian prototype. Divided into thematic and country-by-country sections, this handbook is a one-stop reference that surveys the range of political systems operating in Asia. Each jurisdiction chapter examines the structure and composition of its legislature, the powers of the legislature, the legislative process, thereby providing a clear picture of how each legislature operates both in theory and in practice. The book also thematically analyses the following political systems operating in Asia: communist regimes, liberal democracies, dominant party democracies, turbulent democracies, presidential democracies, military regimes and protean authoritarian rule.

    This handbook is a vital and comprehensive resource for scholars of constitutional law and politics in Asia.

      1. Parliaments in Asia: Introduction
      2. Po Jen Yap and Rehan Abeyratne

        Part I: Thematic Chapters

      3. Communist Regimes
      4. Po Jen Yap and Chen Yu-Jie

      5. Liberal Democracies
      6. Chien-Chih Lin

      7. Dominant Party Democracies
      8. Po Jen Yap and Marcus Teo

      9. Turbulent Democracies
      10. Rehan Abeyratne

      11. Presidential Democracies
      12. Björn Dressel and Fakhridho Susilo

        Part II: Jurisdiction Chapters

      13. The Parliament (Jatiya Sangsad) of Bangladesh
      14. M Jashim Ali Chowdhury

      15. The National Assembly and Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia
      16. Benjamin Lawrence

      17. The National People’s Congress in China
      18. Sun Ying

      19. The Legislative Council of Hong Kong
      20. Eric Chan

      21. The Parliament and State Legislatures of India
      22. M Mohsin Alam Bhat

      23. The Legislatures of Indonesia
      24. Simon Butt and Tim Lindsey

      25. The Japanese Diet
      26. Shigenori Matsui

      27. The Parliament of Malaysia
      28. Wong Chin Huat

      29. The Legislature (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) of Myanmar
      30. Richard Roewer and Han Htoo Khant Paing

      31. The Parliament of Pakistan
      32. Mariam Mufti


      33. The Congress of the Philippines
      34. Bryan Dennis G Tiojanco and Ronald Ray K San Juan

      35. The Parliament of Singapore
      36. Eugene KB Tan

      37. The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
      38. Sang-Un Park

      39. The Parliament of Sri Lanka
      40. Dinesha Samararatne

      41. The Legislative Yuan of Taiwan
      42. Yen-Tu Su

      43. The Legislative Assembly of Thailand
      44. Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang and Aua-aree Engchanil

      45. The National Assembly of Vietnam

        Ngoc Son Bui


    Po Jen Yap is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, where he specialises in Constitutional and Administrative Law.

    Rehan Abeyratne is an Associate Professor of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he specialises in constitutional law and comparative constitutionalism.