Authoritarian Legality, The Rule of Law, and Democracy

Weitseng Chen & Hualing Fu (eds), Authoritarian Legality in Asia: Formation, Development and Transition (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Forthcoming

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019/30

12 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2019 Last revised: 23 Sep 2019

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Weitseng Chen

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law; Center for Asian Legal Studies (CALS)

Fu Hualing

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 2, 2019

Abstract

A cluster of Asian states are well-known for their authoritarian legality while having been able to achieve remarkable economic growth. Why would an authoritarian regime seek or tolerate a significant degree of legality and how has such type of legality been made possible in Asia? Would a transition towards a liberal, democratic system eventually take place and, if so, what kind of post-transition struggles are likely to be experienced? This book compares the past and current experiences of China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam and offers a comparative framework for readers to conduct a theoretical dialogue with the orthodox conception of liberal democracy and the rule of law.

Keywords: Legality, Authoritarianism, Authoritarian Legality, the Rule of Law, Democracy, China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam

Suggested Citation

Chen, Weitseng and Hualing, Fu, Authoritarian Legality, The Rule of Law, and Democracy (August 2, 2019). Weitseng Chen & Hualing Fu (eds), Authoritarian Legality in Asia: Formation, Development and Transition (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Forthcoming, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019/30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3431198

Weitseng Chen (Contact Author)

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Fu Hualing

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law ( email )

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China

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