Democratic Governance in Northeast Asia: A Human-Centered Approach to Evaluating Democracy

  • Brendan Howe

Part of the Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia book series (SDHRP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hannes B. Mosler
    Pages 25-50
  3. Brendan Howe, Jennifer S. Oh
    Pages 70-86
  4. Jennifer S. Oh
    Pages 87-104
  5. Christian Schafferer
    Pages 105-129
  6. Christian Schafferer
    Pages 130-144
  7. Brendan Howe
    Pages 145-151
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 152-156

About this book


Comprising case studies of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, this edited volume explores the key characteristics of democratic governance in Northeast Asia. Each democracy is assessed on the extent to which it enables the flourishing of social capital; prioritizes the interests of all as characterized by freedom from fear and want; and empowers all to participate in the democratic process and governance. With particular focus on the experience of minorities, this volume contends that the acid test of democratic governance is not how well the government represents the interests of the elites, or even the majority, but rather how it cares for the needs of vulnerable groups in society.


Democratic Governance Northeast Asia Human Security Qualitative Democracy Democratic Effectiveness Representation South Korea Taiwan Japan Parties Elections Participation Employment Rights Social Democracy democracy employment Governance participation social democracy society

Editors and affiliations

  • Brendan Howe
    • 1
  1. 1.Ewha Womans UniversitySouth Korea

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