East Asia’s new democracies: an introduction

Yin-wah Chu*, Siu-lun Wong

*Corresponding author for this work

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The third wave of democratization, begun in Portugal in 1974, has ignited a sequence of democratization and liberalization in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and more recently East-Central Europe. Within East and Southeast Asia, the process commenced with the 1986 People’s Power Revolution in the Philippines and was succeeded by Korea’s eight-point reform in 1987, the repeal of martial law in Taiwan in the same year, the introduction of two-party electoral competition in Mongolia during 1990, Thailand’s return to civilian rule in 1992, and the downfall of the Suharto regime in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong have also witnessed a certain measure of liberalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEast Asia's New Democracies
Subtitle of host publicationDeepening, Reversal, Non-Liberal Alternatives
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780203854518
ISBN (Print)9780415499309, 9780415499316
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2010

Publication series

NamePolitics in Asia

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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