East Asia After the Crisis: Human Rights, Constitutionalism and State Reform

Human Rights Quarterly, Vol 26, 2004

26 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2011

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Michael C. Davis

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 28, 2011

Abstract

Much recent analysis of the political economy of development in East Asia focuses on questions of market liberalization and the adequacy of the international institutions involved in the economic crisis of the 1990s. Focusing on political institutions, this article urges an emphasis on liberal constitutionalism as a long-term strategy. Authoritarian regimes with markets and currencies that were protected fared reasonably well. Democracies with liberal institutions were resilient. The combination of authoritarian developmentalism and market liberalization fared the worse. But authoritarian developmentalism is not sustainable. Constitutionalism, if properly conceived, may provide the institutional reliability and accountability upon which sustained development depends.

Keywords: Constitutionalism, human rights, economic development

Suggested Citation

Davis, Michael C., East Asia After the Crisis: Human Rights, Constitutionalism and State Reform (September 28, 2011). Human Rights Quarterly, Vol 26, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1934820

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