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Changing political culture and electoral behavior in Malaysia

Moten, Abdul Rashid (2011) Changing political culture and electoral behavior in Malaysia. Asian Affairs: An American Review, 38. pp. 39-56. ISSN 0092-7678

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The reform movement of 1998 and the general elections in 1999 are argued by many to have brought about a shift in Malaysian political culture, which became evident in 2008 elections. Studies conducted before 1999, based on fragmentary evidence, pictured Malaysia as having a “subject” political culture. The post-2008 survey data presents a picture of a high level of participation approximating the “participant” political culture. This change in political culture is due, among other reasons, to the poor regime performance, the emergence of civil society and the availability of alternative media. The 2008 elections, which witnessed the emergence of a “strong” opposition in the parliament, reflect the maturity of theMalaysian electorate, noticeably since 2004, which augurs well for democracy in the country.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1667/3434
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative media, civil society, Malaysia, participant culture, regime performance
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Professor Abdul Rashid Moten
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2011 10:11
Last Modified: 08 May 2016 14:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/3434

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