Four Arenas: Malaysia’s 2018 Election, Reform, And Democratization

In co-authorship with Steven Olivier, Professor Kai Ostwald (SPPGA; UBC Political Science) sheds light on the political dynamics in Malaysia following the 2018 elections that ended the six-decade-long dominant party rule by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). In the wake of transition to Malaysia’s first post-UMNO government since its independence in 1957, the article raises questions around the victory of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition and the implications for reform and democratization in post-transition Malaysia.

Through disaggregating the electorate into four distinct identity-based polities – the electoral arenas – the article proposes a framework to present clearer insights into Malaysia’s unprecedented transition.

Read the full article here.