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Democracy (made in Taiwan) The 'Success' State as a Political Theory by Chih-yu Shih

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


Democracy (made in Taiwan) The 'Success' State as a Political Theory by Chih-yu Shih

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.


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'

About the Author

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

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Publication date

17th January 2008


Chih-yu Shih

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Lexington Books


254 pages


Political structures: democracy



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