Doh Chull Shin
Yun-Han Chu
Russell Dalton

July 17, 2006
East West Center
Honolulu, HI

As democracy spreads in East Asia, electoral democracy is a key element of this process. Yet, there is little evidence on how parameters of partisan competition, patterns of vote choice, and electoral participation fit a model of democratic consolidation and party competition. This conference addresses the following questions: First, what is the state of the development of party systems in East Asian democracies and to what extent its nature and functions converge with or diverge from what we have learned from Western democracies. Second, what factors shape partisan preferences? Third, what are the consequences of partisanship?


1. East Asian Party Systems. Ben Reilly, Australian National University

2. Parameters of Partisan Competition. Russell Dalton, UC Irvine and Aiji Tanaka, Waseda University


3.  Social Structure and Partisanship. Ian McAllister, Australian National Unversity

4.  Issues, Value Cleavages and Partisanship. Ai-Rie Lee, Texas Tech University

5.  Partisanship in East Asia.  Emile C. J. Sheng, Soochow University


6. Partisanship and Democratic Citizenship. Yun-Han Chu, Academia Sinica and Min-hua Huang, National Taiwan University

7. Partisanship and Democracy.  Doh Chull Shin and Rollin F. Tusalem, University of Missouri

The project is funded by the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine, the East Asian Barometer, and the POSCO Program at the East West Center.


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