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Party Politics in East Asia: Citizens, Elections, and Democratic Development

Russell J. Dalton, Doh Chull Shin, and Yun-han Chu, editors
Party Politics in East Asia: Citizens, Elections, and Democratic Development
ISBN: 978-1-58826-570-8
2008/207 pages/LC: 2008007133
"This book is an important contribution to the study of partisan politics in East Asia and deserves a wide readership."—Andreas Ufen, Pacific Affairs


Assessing the trajectory of democratization in East Asia, this volume offers a systematic and tightly integrated analysis of party-system development in countries across the region.

The authors utilize unprecedented cross-national survey data to examine the institutional structure of party systems, the range of choices these systems represent, and their connection to voting preferences. They also investigate the consequences of partisanship for citizen support of the democratic process. While revealing that party development in the region is still incomplete, the book highlights areas of progress as it explores the potential for enhanced representation.


Russell J. Dalton is professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. In 1995-2004, he served as founding director of the university's Center for the Study of Democracy. Doh Chull Shin is professor of political science and holds the Korea Foundation Chair at the University of Missouri. He is one of the founding members of the East Asian Barometer Program. Yun-han Chu (1956-2023) was professor of political science at National Taiwan University, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica, and president of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation


  • Parties, Party Choice, and Partisanship in East Asia—the Editors.
  • Electoral Systems and Party Systems—B. Reilly.
  • The Patterns of Party Alignment—R.J. Dalton and A. Tanaka.
  • The Development of Partisanship—E.C.J. Sheng.
  • Social Structure and Party Support—I. McAllister.
  • Value Cleavages, Issues, and Partisanship—A-R. Lee.
  • Partisanship and Citizen Politics—Y-H. Chu and M-H. Huang.
  • Partisanship and Democratization—D.C. Shin and R.F. Tusalem.
  • Citizens, Political Parties, and Democratic Development—the Editors.