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Democratization in China, Korea and Southeast Asia?

Local and National Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, Lynn T. White III


260 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Rapid economic pluralization in East Asia has empowered local and medial groups, and with this change comes the need to rethink usual notions regarding ways in which "democracies" emerge or "citizens" gain more power. Careful examination of current developments in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia show a need for expansion of our understandings of democracy and democratization. This book challenges traditional ways in which political regimes in local as well as national polities are conceived and labeled. It shows from Asian experiences that democracy and its precursors come in more forms than most liberals have yet imagined.

In reviewing recent experiences of countries across East Asia, these chapters show that actual democracies and ostensible democratizations there are less like those in the West than the surprisingly consensual and standard political science of democratization suggests. This book first examines the extreme variation of democracy’s meaning in many Asian states that hold contested elections (South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand). Then it focuses on China. It analyzes a range of grassroots forces driving political change in the People’s Republic, and it finds both accelerators and brakes in China’s political reform process. The contributors show that models for China’s political future exist both within and outside the PRC, including in other East Asian states, in localities and sectors that already are pushing the limits of the powerful, but no longer all-powerful, Chinese party-state.

With contributions from leading academics in the field, Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia? will be of interest to students and scholars of Asian politics, comparative politics, and democratization more broadly.

Table of Contents

1. Diverse Routes to Democracy: An Introduction, Lynn T. White III Part I: Variety among Asian Democracies and Democratizations 2. South Korean Democracy in Light of Taiwan, Erik Mobrand3. Taiwan’s Democratization and Mainland China’s Future, Shelley Rigger4. Strategic Hypocrisy: Sovereignty, Legitimacy, and Commerce in Archipelagic Southeast Asia, Justin V. Hastings5. Democracy and Inequality in Thailand: The Rise of the Red Shirts, Erik Martínez Kuhonta Part II: Constitutional and Legal Proto-Democratic Changes in China 6. The Local Factor in China’s Intra-Party Democracy, Cheng Li7. Why Did China’s Reform Start from the Provinces?De facto Federalism and its Limits, Yongnian Zheng and Cuiwen Weng8. Law and Democracy in China: A Complex Relationship, Jacques deLisle9. Suing the Government in China, Neysun A. Mahboubi10. Petitioning as Policy Making: Chinese Rural Tax Reform, Jing Chen Part III: Proto-Democratization in Chinese Civil Society 11. The Fragmented State in Action: The Production and Governance of Art Districts in Beijing, Yue Zhang12. China Invests Overseas: Does the Strong State Help China’s Outbound Investment?, Min Ye13. All the News, All the Politics: Sophisticated Propaganda in Capitalist-Authoritarian China, Guoguang Wu14. Chinese Nationalism Reconsidered—Or, a Case for Historicising the Study of Chinese Politics, Ja Ian Chong15. How the Internet is Changing China, Kate Xiao Zhou with Stephen Zierak.

About the Editors

Kate Xiao Zhou is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, USA.

Shelley Rigger is Brown Professor and Chair of Political Science at Davidson College, USA.

Lynn T. White III is Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA.

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General