Déjà vu all over again: China and the East Asian Model

Randall Peerenboom

in China Modernizes

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226122
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696183 | DOI:
Déjà vu all over again: China and the East Asian Model

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This chapter explores China's quest for modernity within a broad context by comparing its development to the East Asian Model. The Model is drawn from the experiences of Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea — the five most successful countries in East Asia. The chapter describes two competing versions of the affirmative view of modernization. The first emphasizes economic development as an engine for other reforms. The other view puts freedom and democracy first. The discussion also highlights important differences to less successful countries in Asia.

Keywords: China; East Asian Model; Singapore; Japan; Hong Kong; modernization; South Korea; Taiwan; economic development; democracy

Chapter.  19130 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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