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By John Fuh-sheng Hsieh

The debate over the compatibility of Confucian tradition with democracy is an ongoing one. but, few books within the current literature have dealt particularly with the connection among Confucian tradition (as against Confucianism or normal cultural elements) and democracy. ahead of the top of the second one international struggle, no Confucian society used to be democratic, so the talk may well purely be performed in an summary feel. purely after the struggle did Japan become a democratic state, and it's not an ideal case of the Confucian tradition — for one, its Confucian legacy is diluted; furthermore, its postwar transition to democracy used to be, to a wide volume, externally imposed instead of internally generated. within the overdue Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties, South Korea and Taiwan joined what Samuel P Huntington termed the “third wave of democratization”. eventually, no less than societies with powerful Confucian historical past became democratic, and in contrast to Japan, their democratic transition resulted often from inner political dynamics.

Confucian tradition and Democracy represents a accomplished attempt to envision the linkages among Confucian tradition and democracy. construction at the empirical facts from South Korea and Taiwan, and reading semi-democratic societies with huge stories in electoral politics like Singapore and Hong Kong, this booklet offers readers with an empirical and special insurance of democratization and democratic governance in a number of Confucian societies. Japan — as a rustic motivated via Confucianism, can be analyzed, including China — even if China joins the relations of democratic states is absolutely a huge predicament for lots of within the zone and beyond.


  • Introduction: Democracy, Confucian variety? (John Fuh-sheng Hsieh)
  • Protest Confucianism and Postwar eastern Democratic perform (John A Tucker)
  • Identity and Democratic Values in Divided Taiwan (I-chou Liu and Kuang-hui Chen)
  • The Political common sense of Public Policymaking in Democratizing Taiwan (Joseph Wong)
  • Adaptations in Korea: Confucianism, Democracy, and monetary improvement (John Kie-Chiang Oh)
  • The Politics of Confucianism and Asian Values in Singapore (Lam Peng Er)
  • Confucianism and Pluralism in a Meritocratic Society: The Singapore Case (Thomas J Bellows)
  • Confucian Values and Democratic Governance in Hong Kong (Joseph Y S Cheng)
  • Changes in Political Values in Mainland China because the Nineteen Nineties: facts from Surveys (Gang Guo)
  • On neighborhood Governance in China: From Feudalism, Centralized forms, to Self-Governance (Emerson M S Niou)

Readership: Undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, lecturers, and policymakers drawn to diplomacy within the Asia-Pacific quarter, in addition to these drawn to political tradition, democratization, and democratic governance in East Asia.
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