Dynamics of Democracy in Timor-Leste
Dynamics of Democracy in Timor-Leste
The Birth of a Democratic Nation, 1999-2012
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Foreword: Revisiting a success story with critical eyes Chapter 1: Democracy in the 21st century: lineages and configurations of an impure concept Chapter 2: Assessing the odds: could Timor-Leste become a Democracy? Chapter 3: Constitutionalism Old and New in the ?UN Kingdom? of Timor-Leste Chapter 4: Elections in a Young Democracy: popular voice and control. Chapter 5: Semi-presidentialism with 'independent' presidents: political inclusiveness and democratic consolidation Chapter 6: Grassroots Democracy: building a decentralized state where worlds meet Epilogue: After 2012: new challenges to the consolidation of Democracy

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"Given that the next general elections in Timor-Leste will take place in 2017, this extremely interesting book is a timely and valuable analysis of the state of the polity that will be re-assessed by the people on this occasion. It is a work of knowledge, insight and analysis in which the author demonstrates a passion for his subject ... Every one inside and outside of Timor-Leste who has thought about and cares for democracy as a universal but threatened concept will learn from this book." - Guy Cumes, International Quarterly for Asian Studies, Vol. 47.

"This book will be of interest to a wide audience. For those concerned with questions of institutional design and the challenges of its implementation, the book provides a sophisticated account of semi-presidentialism and an encouraging perspective on democratic participation in newly independent states." - Douglas Kammen, National University of Singapore, in Pacific Affairs: Volume 90, No. 4 - December 2017

Rui Feijo

Dynamics of Democracy in Timor-Leste

The Birth of a Democratic Nation, 1999-2012

The Indonesian province of Timor-Leste made international news when it decided to break away from Indonesia in 1999. The decision sparked deadly rampages by pro-integrationist militias, violence that only abated when the UN sent a force to maintain peace and help ease the way to actual independence. This book details the political history of Timor-Leste, both preceding and following the declaration of independence, and it uses the events, consequences, and lessons of that period to help us understand what to expect for similar experiments in democracy building elsewhere in the world.

Rui Feijo

Rui Graça Feijó is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, and Associate Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History, NOVA University of Lisbon.