Journal of East Asian Studies

An international, interdisciplinary journal publishing social science research on current issues in the East Asian region. Includes theoretical, empirical, comparative, and historical articles from a wide range of disciplines. Covers the entire region, ad

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 3, September-December

Books Received
The books listed below were recently received by the editor and are available for review. Asia General Brown, Michael E., and Sumit Ganguly, eds. 2003. Fighting Words: Language Policy and Ethnic Relations in Asia. Cambridge: MIT Press. Carpenter,...
Breaking Authoritarian Bonds: The Political Origins of the Taiwan Administrative Procedure Act
Taiwan recently adopted a series of administrative reform laws designed to make the bureaucracy more transparent and allow public participation in regulatory policies. Because administrative reform limits the executive's power, it is clear why legislatures...
Evolving toward What? Parties, Factions, and Coalition Behavior in Thailand Today
How important have Thai parties and intraparty factions been in Thailand's fast-evolving democracy? What role do they play today, especially since the enactment of the latest constitution? What has accounted for the fragmentation in Thailand's party...
Navigating the Path of Least Resistance: Financial Deregulation and the Origins of the Japanese Crisis
This article reexamines the period of the Japanese bubble (1985-1990) and emphasizes ill-supervised and ill-sequenced financial deregulation as a key proximate factor. Given the subsequent costs of this political choice, what explains such a path of...
Taiwan's State and Social Movements under the DPP Government, 2000-2004
This article explores the evolution of social movement politics under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government (2000-2004) by using the perspective of political opportunity structure. Recent "contentious politics" in Taiwan is analyzed in...
The Politics of the Dokdo Issue
The Dokdo issue has constituted a popular area of academic enquiry in both Korea and Japan, but few studies have extended their research parameters beyond the question of who is the rightful owner of this island. Whatever the legal merits of competing...