1st Edition

Political Order in Modern East Asian States

By Xiaoming Huang Copyright 2022
    230 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This text explains political change and the shaping of political order in modern East Asian states: China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

    Examining the transformative role of power, authority, and political culture in the shaping of political order, this book:

    • Describes the emergence of statist and pluralist political order in East Asia.
    • Outlines the dual process of state-building and nation-building, revealing the transformative role of the state.
    • Highlights the causes and consequences of the reversion to centralized political order, describing the structure and institutions of Cold War regimes in East Asian states.
    • Explores the structural and institutional consequences of industrial development on politics and state in East Asian states.
    • Discusses the methods and outcomes of the democratization movements in the 1980s and 1990s and public sector reforms in the 1990s and 2010s.
    • Utilizes survey data and newly developed indicators to measure and reveal the shaping of national political culture in each East Asian state.
    • Features structural, institutional, and normative analysis of political change in modern East Asia.

    This will be an essential textbook for students of Political Science, International Relations, East Asian Politics and East Asian History, as well as policy analysts of East Asian states.

    1. A Theory of Political Change
    2. The Confucian Authority Structure
    3. Claiming Political Authority
    4. State Builds Nation
    5. Changing of the Guards
    6. State-led Industrialization
    7. Shifts in Authority Structure
    8. Shaping of National Political Culture
    9. The Logic of Political Order


    Xiaoming Huang is Professor of International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and publishes extensively on East Asian politics, political economy and international relations.