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Cheung, Olivia (2022) 'An East Asian Theory of Democracy.' In: Cooke, Samantha, (ed.), Non-Western Global Theories of International Relations. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 103-132. (Palgrave Studies in International Relations)

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Abstract

East Asia, which proudly self-identifies as the “non-West,” offers rich empirical evidence to test the validity of Western theories of democracy, and to generate new theories on the contested subject. In addition to asking why the political realities in East Asia do not conform neatly to the expectations of Western theories of democracy, students of international politics should also enquire if there is an East Asian framework of democracy, both in theory and practice. Researching these questions has the potential to shed light on the possible biases, implicit assumptions and explanatory boundaries of Western theories of democracy. Furthermore, it could contribute vocabularies to make sense of the perplexing politics in a region that is not only the world’s fastest growing, but also geopolitically salient. Adopting a cultural analytical framework, this chapter maintains that there is an East Asian Theory of Democracy, which is embraced by regional elites and ordinary citizens attitudinally.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Democracy; East Asia; Confucianism; legitimacy; middle class; developmental state; political culture; authoritarian nostalgia; authoritarian resilience; meritocracy
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS China Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Asia, Africa, Australia)
J Political Science
ISBN: 9783030849375
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the chapter accepted for publication in Cooke, Samantha, (ed.), Non-Western Global Theories of International Relations, 2022, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 103-132 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84938-2_5 Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84938-2_5
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 15:45
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/35683
Related URLs: https://www.pal ... 49375#aboutBook (Publisher URL)

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