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It also wanted to end Mexico’s form of corporatism, which it depicted as inherently authoritarian and anti-democratic. The PRI use of government funds to massively outspend the opposition and other forms of fraud probably made the decisive difference in the 1988 election in helping its candidate to stave off defeat. But perhaps equally important was the regime’s stabilising mechanism of regular presidential succession, and the electorate’s hope that the new incumbent would bring the necessary changes.

In the most recent election, the ruling coalition received more Chinese support than ever before. Chinese voters were repelled by the anti-modernist and theocratic elements of the Malay fringe parties and inspired by a new government vision which accepted Chinese more as political co-equals in the Malaysia of the future. 128–163. 358. 225–26. 24 DOMINANT PARTY REGIMES OF SOUTH AFRICA, MEXICO, TAIWAN AND MALAYSIA In South Africa the ANC appears to be inspired by the ethnic preference policies of Malaysia, which in a short period of time has become one of the biggest foreign investors in South Africa.

21 Only once this has been done does it try to aggregate its votes by appealing to other groups in society. This is achieved by the expedient of putting up multi-ethnic candidate lists and articulating an ideology of inclusiveness that is usually not much more than vaguely reassuring. But the multi-ethnic lists may only create a dangerous illusion of representation, one that obfuscates a discussion of the real issues. In the case of the ANC (and this is true also of the NP) most of its white, coloured and Indian candidates would have great trouble winning a seat in their respective ethnic communities under the first-past-the-post plurality system.

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