Reviews Thomas W. Robinson, editor. Democracy and Development in East Asia: Taiwan, South Korea, and the Philippines. Washington, D. C: AEI Press, 1991. xi, 321 pp. Hardcover. $29.50. Democracy and Development in East Asia, published in 1991, stemmed from a conference held at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D. C. in May 1988. That conference looked at the cases of Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines to see whether general conclusions could be drawn regarding the relationship between economic development and democratization. The examples of Korea and Taiwan appear to demonstrate a direct link between economic development and democratization. Both had experienced dramatic, export-led economic growth for nearly three decades prior to the democratization that occurred in the 1986-1988 period. Both also came from a Confucian cultural legacy and had authoritarian political traditions. Still, as the authors of the various chapters make clear, a host of factors in addition to economic development contributed importantly to their so-far successful democratization. Some of these factors--including tolerance of some level of opposition activity by the regime in power, equitable distribution of income, a rising middle class, and dramatic progress in education--were common to both. Others, such as Sun Yat-sen's endorsement of
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Published: Mar 30, 1994
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