Elections are an essential part of the democratic process, and never before have there been more elections in Asia. Yet the tak of making democracy work, viewed in the context of Asia - with its different value systems, levels and patterns of economic development, and pre-existing political systems - would appear to be much more complicated.
The relationship between elections and democracy is deliberated at length in this book: What is the significance of elections and the implications for the development of democracy in Asia? How can elections pave the way for working systems of democracy? Have the recent elections across the region improved the conditions for democratic governance and teh lives of ordinary citizens? Will democracy continue to progress in Asia or face major setbacks? The chapters in this book therefore set out to explore the wider issues of democracy at work in Asia and the implications for governance.
Besides providing a description of closely-watched and closely-fought elections, this book also looks beyond theories of democracy and the politicking to examine the rules of democracy as practiced in Asian countries, providing an assessment of the deeper and longer term implications of elections and progress of democracy in Asia.