Federalism in Asia explores the range of theoretical perspectives that shape debates over federalism in general, and over territorial, multinational, hybrid, and asymmetric federalism in particular relation to Asia. The contributors share their understanding of how federal or quasi-federal institutions manage ethnic conflicts and accommodate differences, how democratization facilitates the development of federalism and how federalism facilitates or inhibits democratization in Asia. Their conclusion is that hybrid federalism or quasi-federalism is more prevalent in some Asian countries than others; and the need and potential for greater federalism in more Asian countries makes this sortie into this area worthwhile.
Contents: Democratization and federalization in Asia / Baogang He -- Mult-ination federalism / Will Kymlicka -- Regionalist federalism : a critique of ethno-national federalism / David Brown -- Federal accommodation of ethno-national identities in India / Gurpreet Mahajan -- Democracy and federalism in Pakistan / Katharine Adeney -- Semi-democracy and minimalist federalism in Malaysia / William Case -- Indonesia's post-revolutionary aversion to federalism / Anthony Reid -- Federalism versus autonomy in the Philippines / R.J. May -- Ethnicity and federal prospect in Myanmar / Alan Smith -- China's de facto federalism / Yongnian Zheng -- Toward federalism in China? : the experience of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region / Peter T.Y. Cheung -- Federal traditions and quasi-federalism in Japan / Takashi Inoguchi -- Federalism and Asia / Brian Galligan.