Democracy (Made in Taiwan)

Democracy (Made in Taiwan) : The 'Success' State as a Political Theory

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While political scientists generally see Taiwan as a success state because of its economic modernization and political democratization, this book reinterprets Taiwan's success from the Confucian and postcolonial perspectives. Democracy (Made in Taiwan) uncovers the hegemonic construction of the myth of the "success state" and challenges political scientists to abandon both the liberal-centrism and state-centrism prevailing in the literature of democratization.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 147.3 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739125117
  • 9780739125113

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction: Political Theory and Taiwan Part 2 Part I: The Taiwan Success Revisited Chapter 3 Not about Human Rights Chapter 4 Not about Liberalism Part 5 Part II: The "Rational Actor" Backfire Chapter 6 The Loss of the Median Voter Chapter 7 The Loss of an Ally Part 8 Part III: Political Theory in Practice Chapter 9 Back from the Future Chapter 10 The World Timing of Un-Chinese Consciousness Part 11 Part IV: Two Theses on Confucian Democracy Chapter 12 Parenting Personality Chapter 13 Beyond the State-Society Divide Part 14 Conclusion: Political Theory for Democratic Ontology
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Shih is an outstanding scholar. This book will further consolidate this reputation. More specifically, the book speaks directly to hotly contested terrain (both in the realm of Taiwanese politics and the discipline of political science). In it, Shih presses his readers to reconsider what we think we already know about both Taiwanese democratization and democratic theory. In so doing, he proposes a series of challenging questions regarding recent developments on the island (and in the international sphere). This is no small accomplishment, especially as the vast majority of books written about Taiwan fall well short of such a goal. -- Allen Carlson, Cornell University Chih-yu Shih has established himself as one of the most original thinkers in the field of Chinese politics and foreign policy. In Democracy (Made in Taiwan), Shih sets his sights on democracy in Taiwan today, which he finds to be a Potemkin village, a 'disguised failure.' Western Liberalism, furthermore, is complicit in this deceit. Democracy (Made in Taiwan) is sure to provoke debate among those brave enough to confront Shih's arguments. -- Peter H. Gries, Institute for U.S.-China Issues, University of Oklahoma
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About Chih-Yu Shih

Chih-Yu Shih is chair and professor in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University.
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