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The End of Ethno-centric Elite Rule in Malaysia

Consociationalism—the rule, in a plural society, by an alliance of elites from respective ethnic groups—has been Malaysia’s dominant political arrangement for over 60 years. The defeat of Barisan Nasional spells the end of consociationalism. What happened? And is the Pakatan Harapan government a new form of power-sharing or merely another form of consociational democracy?