[POLS 236] Democracy in East Asia
Examination and comparison of the politics of the three major East Asian democracies: Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, plus the semi-democratic system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Two main comparative themes will include: first, how democratic structures and values in each of the countries fit within the model of majoritarian and consensus democracies; and second, whether or not democracy in each of the three countries reflects so-called “Asian values.”
Democracy in East Asia
Prerequisite: Political Science 130 or 235, or any course in Japanese and Korean history, or consent of instructor.
Offered odd years, spring semester.