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Democracy and DiversityPolitical Engineering in the Asia-Pacific$
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Benjamin Reilly

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286874.001.0001

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Diversity, Democracy, and Development in the Asia‐Pacific

Diversity, Democracy, and Development in the Asia‐Pacific

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Democracy and Diversity

Benjamin Reilly (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the impact of social diversity on state development across the Asia-Pacific region. It argues that variation in ethnic structure both between and within states helps to explain some of the distinctive features of political and economic development across the region. However, these vary across different dimensions of governance. With regards to public policy, highly diverse societies almost inevitably face difficulties of government coordination and policy implementation due to competing ethnoregional demands. On the other hand, in certain situations such diversity may also assist democratic continuity by necessitating cross-ethnic power-sharing and making challenges to the existing order difficult to organize and sustain.

Keywords:   social diversity, state development, ethnicity, Papua New Guinea

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