Democracy or Alternative Political Systems in Asia
After the Strongmen
Edited by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
To Be Published November 15th 2013 by Routledge – 240 pages
This book tackles the important issue of what happened to Asia's political systems after the fall of various political strongmen. It is generally assumed that once strongmen who dictate a nations' politics with a dictatorial or authoritarian fashion fall, the political landscape then drastically changes and the prospects for democracy comes in a matter of time. As the contributors of this book show, the stories were not so simple and straightforward in the contexts of Northeast and Southeast Asia. Democratic governance is only one of the three possible and feasible outcomes, the other two outcomes are either a weakening/ unstable political leadership or a sustained authoritarian system.
Part 1: Overview 1. The Making of Democratic Governance in Asia: After the Strongmen? Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and L.C. Russell Hsiao 2. Post-Authoritarian Regimes in East and Southeast Asia: The Neglected Issue of Leadership Styles during Democratization Processes Laurence Whitehead Part 2: Northeast Asia 3. Taiwan’s Democratization after the Strongmen: Leadership Matters Chih-Cheng Lo 4. After Chun Doo-Hwan: Progress of Democratization and Residue of Authoritarianism in South Korea Jong- Yil Ra 5. China after Deng Xiaoping: The Search for a Non-Democratic Development Model Steve Tsang Part 3: Southeast Asia 6. Unchanged after Changes: The Philippines after Marcos Samuel C.Y. Ku 7. Malaysia after Mahathir: Late Democratization amidst Development, the Strong Developmental State and Developmentalism Francis Kok-Wah Loh 8. Post-Suharto Indonesia: A Decade of Reformasi Peter Carey 9. Thailand After Thaksin Shinawatra: The Coup d’Etat of 19 September 2006 and the Reverse of Democratization in Thailand Hugh Pei-Hsiu Chen
Michael Hsiao is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinice, Taiwan.