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Confucian Constitutionalism in East Asia

1st Edition

By Bui Ngoc Son


226 pages

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Western liberal constitutionalism has expanded recently, with, in East Asia, the constitutional systems of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan based on Western principles, and with even the socialist polities of China and Vietnam having some regard to such principles. Despite the alleged universal applicability of Western constitutionalism, however, the success of any constitutional system depends in part on the cultural values, customs and traditions of the country into which the constitutional system is planted. This book explains how the values, customs and traditions of East Asian countries are Confucian, and discusses how this is relevant to constitutional practice in the region. The book outlines how constitutionalism has developed in East Asia over a long period, considers different scholarly work on the ease or difficulty of integrating Western constitutionalism into countries with a Confucian outlook, and examines the prospects for such integration going forward. Throughout, the book covers detailed aspects of Confucianism and the workings of constitutions in practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Classical Confucian Constitutionalism 2. Imperial Confucian Constitutionalism 3. Modern Confucian Constitutionalism 4. Towards an East Asian Model of Constitutionalism

About the Author

Bui Ngoc Son is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Asian Legal Studies of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Singapore.

About the Series

Routledge Law in Asia

The series examines legal system development and rule of law in Asia, using Western legal systems as comparison points. Given the great diversity among legal systems, the purpose is to understand how rule of law is conceived and implemented, and the role of law and the legal system with respect to economic growth, political reform and democratization, the protection of human rights, geopolitical stability and the engagement of Asian countries with other countries in the international arena. The project also addresses the Euro-American centricism of comparative law by replacing outdated stereotypes with empirically grounded, in-depth and up-to-date analyses of Asian legal systems across a wide range of issues and areas of law.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Comparative
LAW / International
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies