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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.
Roots of resilience

Although institutional advantages, curbed civil liberties, and a dose of coercion help sustain electoral-authoritarian or “hybrid” regimes, those features are not the whole story. Rather, long-term popular acculturation to political norms and modes of governance on the ground in these regimes—of which Singapore and Malaysia are the most durable examples—complicate transformation. Selectively structured state policies and patronage, partisan machines that effectively stand in for local governments, and diligently sustained clientelist relations between politicians and constituents have rendered electoral authoritarianism extraordinarily resilient over time.

Meredith Weiss is Professor of Political Science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research addresses social mobilization and civil society, the politics of identity and development, parties and elections, institutional reform, and subnational governance in Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Singapore.

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Tuesday, 23 November, 2021 - 17:00 to 19:00
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