EXPLAINING DEMOCRATIC DECONSOLIDATION: EVIDENCE FROM ASIAN DEMOCRACIES

  • Saiful Mujani Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah, Indonesia
  • R. William Liddle The Ohio State University, USA
Keywords: Democratic deconsolidation, civic culture, political economy, Asia

Abstract

Are Asian democracies deconsolidating, in line with world-wide trends?   This article examines four consolidated democracies in Asia: Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, plus Indonesia, whose own consolidation has been problematic. Using public opinion data, we evaluate two competing models—civic culture and political economy—to test whether there is a decline in democratic support. We report that the political economy model is more persuasive. Declines in democratic support are associated more consistently with democratic performance and education.  Because education levels are tending to rise, and political socialization continues into adulthood, we conclude that there should be little fear that Asian democracies will deconsolidate.

Published
2021-06-15
How to Cite
Mujani, S., & Liddle, R. W. (2021). EXPLAINING DEMOCRATIC DECONSOLIDATION: EVIDENCE FROM ASIAN DEMOCRACIES. Journal Of Global Strategic Studies, 1(1), 16-36. Retrieved from https://ejournal.fisip.unjani.ac.id/index.php/JGSS/article/view/570