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Malaysia: Centralized Federalism in an Electoral One-Party State


Huat, WC and Chin, JU, Malaysia: Centralized Federalism in an Electoral One-Party State, Varieties of Federal Governance - Major Contemporary Models, Cambridge University Press, R Saxena (ed), UK, pp. 208-231. ISBN 9788175967991 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1017/UPO9788175969209.013


Much like India before 1990s,1 Malaysia is a centralized parliamentary federalism characterized by one-party predominance. However, Malaysia has never experienced party alternation at the federal level as India first had in 1977. Also unlike India’s Congress Party central government, which had to deal with opposition parties controlling half of the state governments as early as 1967, merely twenty years after Independence, Malaysia’s National Front [Barisan Nasional (BN)] had never lost the control of more than two out of 13 state governments at a time until 2008.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chin, JU (Professor James Chin)
ID Code:99788
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-04-09
Last Modified:2017-08-08

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