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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

15 - Constitutions, Crisis, and Regime Change: Perspectives on East and Southeast Asia

from V - The Effect of Crises on Constitutions


What happens to liberal democratic constitutions during a severe financial crisis? How does such an event affect their nature, their practice, and their enforcement, particularly where such constitutions are relatively new? In this chapter, I seek answers to these questions through empirical analysis of the experience of the states in Southeast and East Asia over the last quarter century (1990–2013), eliciting both quantitative and well-rooted qualitative evidence.