Middle Class, Civil Society and Democracy in Asia

1st Edition

Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao

Published July 30, 2018
Reference - 222 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138483675 - CAT# K349134
Series: Routledge Contemporary Asia Series


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This book offers a timely analysis of the tripartite links between the middle class, civil society and democratic experiences in Northeast and Southeast Asia. It aims to go beyond the two popular theoretical propositions in current democratic theory, which emphasise the bilateral connections between the middle class and democracy on one hand and civil society and democracy on the other. Instead, using national case studies, this volume attempts to provide a new comparative typological interpretation of the triple relationship in Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. Presenting a careful analysis and delineation of historical democratic transformation over the past thirty years, three discernible typologies emerge. Namely, there are positive links in Taiwan and South Korea, dubious links in the Philippines and Indonesia, and negative links in Thailand.

Middle Class, Civil Society and Democracy in Asia will be of interest to students and scholars of Asian politics and democracy.

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