Central-Local Relations in Asian Constitutional Systems

Author(s): Andrew Harding

Law | Social Sciences

This book examines territorial governance in Asia in the context of central-local relations. In an era of attempts to deal with issues such as decentralisation, conflict involving ethnic and religious enclaves, and demands for regional autonomy, it is timely to examine central-local relations in a pan-Asian perspective, assessing the attempts in a range of different constitutional systems from Japan to Myanmar to re-order constitutional structures for local government. The book looks at the constitutional systems for organising central-local relations in Asia and attempts to draw conclusions from contemporary experiences.


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Andrew Harding is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. Mark Sidel is Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

1. Analysing Central-local Relations in Asian Constitutional Systems: Decentralising Power in 21st-Century Asia Andrew Harding and Mark Sidel 2. Legalising Central-local Relations in China Zhang Qianfan 3. Evolving Central-local Relations in a Contested Constitutional Democracy: The Case of Taiwan Jiunn-rong Yeh 4. Central-local Relations and the Constitutional Discourse on Political Decentralisation in 21st-Century Vietnam Bui Ngoc Son 5. Central-local Relations in Indonesia: Reforming the Integralist State Simon Butt 6. Ethnic Rights and Constitutional Change: The Recognition of Ethnic Nationalities in Myanmar/Burma Melissa Crouch 7. The Role of the Central Government and Local Government in Times of Crisis: Japan ' s Experience After the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster Shigenori Matsui 8. Local Democracy in a Multi-layered Constitutional System: Malaysian Local Government Reconsidered Andrew Harding

General Fields

  • : 9781849466400
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Hart Publishing
  • : December 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : 192
  • : Andrew Harding