Democracy in East Asia: A New Century


Democracy in East Asia offers a comprehensive treatment of the political landscape in both Northeast and Southeast Asia, including discussions of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Burma (Myanmar).

Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies


The global trend that Samuel P. Huntington has dubbed the "third wave" of democratization has seen more than 60 countries experience democratic transitions since 1974. While these countries have succeeded in bringing down authoritarian regimes and replacing them with freely elected governments, few of them can as yet be considered stable democracies.

Burma Votes for Change: Clashing Attitudes Toward Democracy

April 2016

What does public opinion tell us about Burma’s longer-term prospects for democracy? The Asian Barometer Survey reveals contradictory attitudes regarding democracy and democratic values among the citizens of Burma.

Millennials and East Asia’s Democratic Future

April 2015

East Asia’s millennials have grown up in an age of rapid socioeconomic progress, allowing them to become better educated, more urbanized, and more technologically connected than previous generations. Will they use their collective power to become agents of democratic change?

Southeast Asia: Sources of Regime Support

April 2013

Data from the latest wave of the Asian Barometer Survey show commonalities and variations in the sources of regime support in Southeast Asian countries. Most regimes—democracies and nondemocracies alike—draw political legitimacy from perceptions of effective and upright governance.

China and East Asian Democracy: The Taiwan Factor

January 2012

If the PRC moves toward democracy, it is likely to be in some part due to the influence of Taiwan.

The Meanings of Democracy: Solving an Asian Puzzle

October 2010

Over the years, the Asian Barometer Survey has yielded some surprising results. A new typological analysis helps to make sense of them.

Public Opinion and Democratic Legitimacy

April 2008

Do young democracies have to "deliver the goods" economically in order to win political legitimacy in their citizens' eyes? Public opinion data from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Arab world suggest some fascinating answers.

The Democracy Barometers (Part I): Authoritarian Nostalgia in Asia

July 2007

East Asia’s “third-wave” democracies are in distress, and the economic success of nondemocratic regimes in the region creates a tough standard for comparison.

Challenge and Change in East Asia: Taiwan's Year of Stress

April 2005

Thanks to a disputed presidential election and a narrowly divided parliament, Taiwan's politics remains tense. Yet the worst of the conflicts that gripped the island seem to have eased, and the difficult political events of the last few years may have some beneficial effects after all.