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Forms of Government

Survival guide

By pure coincidence, on the day the Chinese Communist Party marked its 91st anniversary, July 1, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Mexico, which lost power in 2000, won back the presidency.

Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 12:00am

Majority rule favours process of democracy

Every group has a leader. Some are less obvious than others, but whenever even two people are together, one usually dominates the other. As groups become more organised, their leadership is more visible.

Leadership styles will differ from group to group, depending on how much say members have in the day-to-day operations.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rights to govern

Why does the west find it so hard to stomach China's Olympian ambition? A major source of the conflict must be China's radically different government system.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

The relentless march of democracy

By March, I will have been in the Middle East six times in six months. I am there because it is the most important and interesting place in the world at the moment. In the 1980s, we celebrated the end of dictatorships of the political right and left. In eastern and central Europe, South Africa - from Poland to Chile - dictatorships collapsed.

16 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Triumph of a 1,000-year-old bureaucracy

One of the most common mistakes made by foreign analysts of China's economy is to assume that it is, like the nations of eastern Europe, a post-communist country grappling its way towards western-style capitalism.

7 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Towards democracy

I was heartened to read the article headlined 'Hu puts reform back on the agenda' (October 2).

9 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Direct elections

The Basic Law provides for the possibility of direct election of the chief executive from around 2007. Should the government start early consultations with the public on the pros and cons of direct elections? Share your views: write to us.

17 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Suitable figurehead

I refer to the letter from Rolf Tsui, of Adelaide (South China Morning Post, October 23), regarding Saturday's referendum to decide Australia's constitutional future.

1 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Keeping the Chief Executive in line

On the surface, Hong Kong SAR has a powerful executive-led Government headed by Tung Chee-hwa. Some cynics even accuse it of being a form of executive dictatorship with the arbitrary power to impose its will.

19 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Royal head

ONE of Europe's seven constitutional monarchies heads Holland's parliamentary democracy. The head of state is Queen Beatrix.

30 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

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