Green Parties in the Asia Pacific: Philippines, Japan and Indonesia

Stream: Panel 8 - Comparative Politics: Political Parties and Interests Groups 
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Abstract

This paper will draw upon the experiences of three emerging parties to consider the efficacy of the approaches taken to party development, and what we might learn about the development of Green parties across Asia. The paper will examine the development of the parties, in the context of extended development periods for each party, and with all having had only limited national electoral success. The research is based on interviews conducted with leading members of the parties during 2014-15, a period prior to each nation’s next national elections. The national contests themselves are all marked by significant electoral barriers to new party entrants, in the Philippines and Indonesia high structural registration demands, while in Japan extremely high financial costs exist. In response, the parties have focused on local contest entry over national contests as a first step to party building. The paper will conclude with commentary on the prospects for further Green Party development in the respective countries, and in the Asia Pacific more generally.

Author

Stewart Jackson (Presenter), University of Sydney