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The Roots of ResilienceParty Machines and Grassroots Politics in Southeast Asia$
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Meredith L. Weiss

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750045

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750045.001.0001

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The Convoluted Political Path to Malaysia

The Convoluted Political Path to Malaysia

(p.48) 3 The Convoluted Political Path to Malaysia
The Roots of Resilience

Meredith L. Weiss

Cornell University Press

This chapter analyzes the institutional framework, initial plans, and justifications for local electoral politics and modes of governance that compels members of the public to oriented themselves toward the emerging formal politics. It considers the structures of parties and political networks that take shape with identities and objectives that they organized themselves in order to structure the polity. The chapter also investigates how early patterns laid the ground for the electoral authoritarianism that took hold institutionally and political-culturally through the lenses of national policies, local governance, and individual-level linkages. It describes the Federated and Unfederated Malay States and two territories of the former Straits Settlements that formed the Malayan Union from 1946 to 1948, as the Federation of Malaya in 1948, then as a unified, independent state, Malaysia, in 1957. Singapore, Sarawak, and British North Borneo joined in 1963, only to have Singapore leave Malaysia two years later.

Keywords:   political networks, electoral authoritarianism, individual-level linkages, Federated Malay States, Unfederated Malay States, Malayan Union, Federation of Malaya, local electoral politics, Malaysia

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