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A fascinating study.
East Asian Democracies are threatened by poor policy performance and undermined by nostalgia for the progrowth, soft-authoritarian regimes of the past. Yet citizens throughout the region value freedom, reject authoritarian alternatives, and believe in democracy. This book is the first to report the results of a large-scale surveys-research project, the East Asian Barometer, in which eight research teams conducted national-sample surveys in five new democracies (Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Mongolia), one established democracy (Japan), and two nondemocracies (China and Hong Kong). The findings present a definitive account of the ways in which East Asians understand their governments and their role as citizens. Contributors analyze responses from a set of core questions, revealing both common patterns and national characteristics in individual views. They contradict the claim that democratic governance is incompatible with East Asian cultures but counsel against complacency. While many forces affect democratic consolidation, popular attitudes are a crucial factor. This book shows how and why skepticism and frustration are the ruling sentiments among-today's East Asians.
A fascinating study.
This rigorously designed study... will surely become a classic in the field.
A valuable but also complex book.... It is impossible, in this short review, to do justice to the richness of the data compiled and of the conclusions proposed.... Essential reading.
— André Laliberté
— Stephen D. Collins
...provides a superb analysis of popular support for democracy in the region, and will long serve as a highly valuable resource to both regional specialists and democracy scholars.
the contributions to this edited volume represent a nuanced and balanced rebuttal to the view that 'Asian values' are not compatible with democracy...a very useful introduction to the topic of democracy in Asia in a course on comparative politics.
The whole forms an exemplary exercise in internationally comparative political science research on a provocative and elusive subject matter.
Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Comparative Perspectives on Democratic Legitimacy in East Asia, by Yun-han Chu, Larry Diamond, Andrew J. Nathan, and Doh Chull Shin2. The Mass Public and Democratic Politics in South Korea: Exploring the Subjective World of Democratization in Flux, by Doh Chull Shin and Chong-Min Park3. Mass Public Perceptions of Democratization in the Philippines: Consolidation in Progress?, by Linda Luz Guerrero and Rollin F. Tusalem4. How Citizens View Taiwan's New Democracy, by Yu-tzung Chang and Yun-han Chu5. Developing Democracy Under a New Constitution in Thailand, by Robert B. Albritton and Thawilwadee Bureekul6. The Mass Public and Democratic Politics in Mongolia, by Damba Ganbat, Rollin F. Tusalem, and David D. Yang7. Japanese Attitudes and Values Toward Democracy, by Ken'ichi Ikeda and Masaru Kohno8. Democratic Transition Frustrated: The Case of Hong Kong, by Wai-man Lam and Hsin-chi Kuan9. China: Democratic Values Supporting an Authoritarian System, by Tianjian Shi10. Conclusion: Values, Regime Performance, and Democratic Consolidation, by Yun-han Chu, Larry Diamond, and Andrew J. NathanAppendix 1Appendix 2Appendix 3Appendix 4Works CitedIndex
Columbia University Press
Posted January 12, 2013