While many of the world’s pseudodemocracies have lately made the transition to “unadulterated” democracy, Malaysia and its leader, Mahathir Mohamad, have successfully bucked this trend.
About the Author
William Case, who teaches at the School of International Business at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, is the author of Elites and Regimes in Malaysia: Revisiting a Consociational Democracy (1996) and Democracy and Less: Comparative Politics in Southeast Asia (2002).
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