Democratic Development in East Asia by Becky Shelley

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Development economics in this period reflected the concerns of modernization literature; economic growth was a priority. This focus dovetailed with the geo-strategic objectives of the competing powers. Unlike other regions, such as Latin America, East Asia was not traditionally dominated by a single state. 24 During the twentieth century, China, Japan, the former Soviet Union and the United States competed for power and influence in the region. Japan’s impact on the regional economic mode is considerable.

1 This approach is consistent with Geoffrey Underhill’s argument regarding international political economy. 2 The concept of development and its relationship to democracy Studies, such as this, that engage in broad comparison require the use of categories sensitive both to context and to change over time within cases. 4 Two conceptions of development may be distinguished. 6 Since China increased its engagement with the international political economy, the pursuit of sustainable human development came to be regarded as a goal by sections of the international community.

As a consequence of the events of 4 June 1989, China’s human rights record became a matter of international concern. 93 Since then China has sought to engage with the international community both politically and economically while emphasizing state sovereignty in relation to internal matters such as human rights. Such engagement, however, contains an inherent tension between the defence of state 30 International economy sovereignty and the effects of contagion and diffusion that occur as a consequence of interdependence with the rest of the world.

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