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

Article
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.

Challenge and Change in East Asia: Constitutionalism on Trial in South Korea

Article
April 2005

During the early years of south korea's transition to democracy, expanding popular rule and deepening individual rights went hand-in-hand. But Roh Moo Hyun's presiency has exposed rifts between majority rule and constitutionalism that the country's judiciary is struggling to bridge.

The Quality of Democracy: An Overview

Article
October 2004

Since most of the world's soverign states are now democracies, there is a growing scholarly focus on "good" or "better" democracy, and on how improvements can not only be measured, but encouraged.

Philippine Politics and the Rule of Law

Article
October 2004

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's election as president in her own right capped a campaign that spoke well of Philippine democracy, but yawning gaps in the rule of law obstruct the road to consolidation.

The Quality of Democracy: Why the Rule of Law Matters

Article
October 2004

Law-based rule means a set of basic conditions that make civic life possible. A democratic rule of law requires all that and more, however.

World Religions and Democracy: Judaism and Political Life

Article
July 2004

Today, Jews the world over are closely and correctly associated with liberal democracy. What are the wellsprings of Jewish tradition and commitment that feed this association?

World Religions and Democracy: The Ironies of Confucianism

Article
July 2004

Confucianism has had a long history of involvement with the state in East Asia, but today there are reasons to think that it can become a positive force in encouraging democracy.

Tibet: The Exiles' Journey

Article
July 2003

Almost a half-century after being forced from their homeland, Tibetans abroad, led by the Dalai Lama, have democratized their institutions in hopes that they may one day form the basis for a free and self-governing Tibet.

Modern Democracy as a System of Separations

Article
January 2003

The "system of separations" is a historic achievement that must be defended even against normatively "purer" understandings of democracy.

Books in Review: Defying the Odds

Article
October 2001

A review of "Building the Rule of Law: Francis Nyalali and the Road to Judicial Independence in Africa." By Jennifer A. Widner.

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