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978-0-7391-2511-3 • Hardback • January 2008 • $136.00 • (£105.00)
978-1-4616-3331-0 • eBook • January 2008 • $122.50 • (£95.00)
Chih-Yu Shih is chair and professor in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University.
Part 1 Introduction: Political Theory and Taiwan
Part 2 Part I: The Taiwan Success Revisited
Chapter 3 Not about Human Rights
Chapter 4 Not about Liberalism
Part 5 Part II: The "Rational Actor" Backfire
Chapter 6 The Loss of the Median Voter
Chapter 7 The Loss of an Ally
Part 8 Part III: Political Theory in Practice
Chapter 9 Back from the Future
Chapter 10 The World Timing of Un-Chinese Consciousness
Part 11 Part IV: Two Theses on Confucian Democracy
Chapter 12 Parenting Personality
Chapter 13 Beyond the State-Society Divide
Part 14 Conclusion: Political Theory for Democratic Ontology
Shih is an outstanding scholar. This book will further consolidate this reputation. More specifically, the book speaks directly to hotly contested terrain (both in the realm of Taiwanese politics and the discipline of political science). In it, Shih presses his readers to reconsider what we think we already know about both Taiwanese democratization and democratic theory. In so doing, he proposes a series of challenging questions regarding recent developments on the island (and in the international sphere). This is no small accomplishment, especially as the vast majority of books written about Taiwan fall well short of such a goal.
— Allen Carlson, Cornell University
Chih-yu Shih has established himself as one of the most original thinkers in the field of Chinese politics and foreign policy. In Democracy (Made in Taiwan), Shih sets his sights on democracy in Taiwan today, which he finds to be a Potemkin village, a 'disguised failure.' Western Liberalism, furthermore, is complicit in this deceit. Democracy (Made in Taiwan) is sure to provoke debate among those brave enough to confront Shih's arguments.
— Peter H. Gries, Institute for U.S.-China Issues, University of Oklahoma