Professor in Comparative Politics (with special reference to Taiwan)
Comparing Democracies in North East Asia
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- Module code
- FHEQ Level
- Department of Politics and International Studies
This module examines the origins, characteristics and dynamics of the political systems of Northeast Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan). Each week we examine a different political theme as the basis to compare these three East Asian democracies. We will consider a wide range of political science theories and frameworks to analyse how domestic politics operates in these country cases.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- Teach students to evaluate and ‘test’ a broad range of concepts and theories on these three East Asian cases.
- Show students how to present ideas and explore important concepts in writing and through presentations.
- Teach students skills in comparative political analysis.
- Build up students’ detailed knowledge of the domestic politics of East Asian countries.
- Two hour seminar per week
Method of assessment
- Assignment 1: 20%
- Assignment 2: 70%
- Presentation: 10%
- Brooker, Paul, Non-Democratic Regimes (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 1-44.
- Dan Slater and Joseph Wong, (2013) “The Strength to Concede: Ruling Parties and Democratization in Developmental Asia,” Perspectives on Politics, Vol 11: 3: (O)
- Nathan Batto, Huang Chi, Alexander Tan and Gary Cox, Mixed Member Electoral Systems in Constitutional Context: Taiwan: Japan and beyond (University of Michigan, 2016)
- Rich, Timothy S Partisanship, Polling and Strategic Voting in East Asia: Evidence From an Experimental Web Survey JOURNAL OF ASIAN AND AFRICAN STUDIES; NOV 2018; 53; 7; p1086-p1101
- Scarrow, Susan, Political Parties and Party Systems, in Le Duc, Lawrence, Richard Niemi, & Pippa Norris (Eds.), Comparing Democracies 3: New Challenges in the Study of Elections and Voting (London: Sage, 2010), 45-64. (BLE)
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