Politics of Democratization: Vicissitudes and Universals in the East Asian Experience

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This timely collection explores democratic transitions in East Asia, arguing against the standard wisdom that European or Christian value systems and socioeconomic forces are essential for democracy to succeed. Instead the contributors convincingly illustrate that political institutions and broad political coalitions, which can be built anywhere by skilled politicians, are keys to consolidating a democratic breakthrough. An exploration of the East Asian experience reveals truths about Western democratization that...

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This timely collection explores democratic transitions in East Asia, arguing against the standard wisdom that European or Christian value systems and socioeconomic forces are essential for democracy to succeed. Instead the contributors convincingly illustrate that political institutions and broad political coalitions, which can be built anywhere by skilled politicians, are keys to consolidating a democratic breakthrough. An exploration of the East Asian experience reveals truths about Western democratization that are usually obscured by popular Western mythologies. This partnership of U.S. and Asian scholars offers the first systematic effort to bring East Asia into the democratization debate in a way that compels one to rethink “the politics of democratization” everywhere. The book therefore is a crucial contribution for all those interested in the broader issues of transitions to democracy.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
l Democratization: Generalizing the East Asian Experience 19
2 Democratization; Peace, and Economic Development in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952 61
3 Japan's Foreign Policy and Asian Democratization 81
4 New Directions in Japanese Foreign Policy: Promoting Human Rights and Democracy in Asia - ODA Perspective 102
5 Making Democracy: Generalizing the South Korean Case 125
6 Uncertain Promise: Democratic Consolidation in South Korea 148
7 Decolonization Without Democracy: The Birth of Pluralistic Politics in Hong Kong 161
8 Toward Peaceful Resolution of Mainland-Taiwan Conflicts: The Promise of Democratization 185
9 Political Liberalization and the Farmers' Movement in Taiwan 202
10 Problems of Democratic Reform in China 221
11 Social and Cultural Prerequisites of Democratization: Generalizing from China 232
Conclusion 249
About the Book 259
About the Editor and Contributors 260
Index 262
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