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The impact of foreign policy on GE14

Han, David (2020) The impact of foreign policy on GE14. Round Table, 109 (2). pp. 173-192. ISSN 0035-8533

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00358533.2020.1741885


The historic results of the 14th Malaysian general elections (GE14) have largely been attributed to various domestic factors. This paper seeks to address whether foreign policy issues, specifically the rise of China in the Malaysian economy, were a prominent campaign feature in the election. This article argues that while foreign policy issues, including the rise of China in the Malaysian economy, neither featured prominently in GE14 (as it was overshadowed by domestic concerns), nor were the most decisive factor in determining the outcome of the election, the role of foreign affairs in the run-up to GE14 was by no means insignificant. Foreign affairs received much more attention compared to previous elections. Furthermore, as a result of growing democratic space in Malaysia, the Najib administration’s foreign policy which was supposedly highly insulated from public scrutiny became increasingly challenged by domestic political opponents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Round Table Ltd.
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 11:51
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 22:15

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