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The Roots of Resilience: Party Machines and Grassroots Politics in Southeast Asia

Meredith L. Weiss


This book examines governance from the ground up in the world's two most enduring electoral authoritarian or “hybrid” regimes—Singapore and Malaysia—where politically liberal and authoritarian features are blended to evade substantive democracy. Although skewed elections, curbed civil liberties, and a dose of coercion help sustain these regimes, selectively structured state policies and patronage, partisan machines that effectively stand in for local governments, and diligently sustained clientelist relations between politicians and constituents are equally important. While key attributes of t ... More

Keywords: electoral authoritarian regimes, Singapore, Malaysia, electoral mobilization, authoritarian acculturation, skewed elections, civil liberties, coercion, democracy, electoral authoritarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750045
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meredith L. Weiss, author
University at Albany, State University of New York