For decades, scholars and politicians have vigorously debated whether Confucianism is compatible with democracy, yet little is known about its effect on democratization in East Asia. In this book, Doh Chull Shin examines the prevalence of core Confucian legacies and their connection to civic and political orientations in six Confucian countries: China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Analyses of the Asian Barometer and World Values surveys reveal that most East Asians are discouraged from understanding democracy in liberal terms and from embracing non-liberal, communitarian democracy even though Confucian legacies are not binding. Thus, Shin argues that Confucianism can contribute to the establishment of a new, innovative political system that combines the best of Confucian and democratic ideals of good government.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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About the Author
Doh Chull Shin is Korea Foundation Chair Professor of the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. He is the founder of the Korea Democracy Barometer and a co-founder of the Asian Barometer. His recent books include The Quality of Life in Confucian Asia (2010), How East Asians View Democracy (2008), Citizens, Democracy, and Markets around the Pacific (2005) and Mass Politics and Culture in Democratizing Korea (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Table of Contents
Part I. Confucianism and Confucian East Asia: 1. The evolution of Confucian East Asia and its cultural legacies; 2. The Confucian Asian values thesis; Part II. Upholding Confucian Values: 3. Confucianism as a hierarchical way of life; 4. Confucianism as a government of paternalistic meritocracy; Part III. Engaging in Civic Life: 5. Communitarianism and civic activism; 6. Familism and civic orientations; Part IV. Embracing Democracy: 7. Conceptions of democracy; 8. Support for democracy; Part V. Final Thoughts: 9. Reassessing the Confucian Asian values debate.