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
12 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2019 Last revised: 23 Sep 2019
Date Written: August 2, 2019
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
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