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. 6, No. 2, May-August

Corporate Unionism and Labor Market Flexibility in South Korea
There is significant variance in the strategies of labor market flexibility under the same pressure of globalization. This article attempts to explain that variance by examining closely the Korean case, with particular attention to the response of...
Electoral Reform and the Costs of Personal Support in Japan
How does the choice of electoral rules affect politicians' incentives to campaign on the basis of personalized support? This article examines to what extent the adoption of new electoral and campaign finance rules affects the incentive of politicians...
Multiple Principals and Collective Action: China's Rural Credit Cooperatives and Poor Households' Access to Credit
Ample empirical evidence suggests that Rural Credit Cooperatives (RCCs), which are the core credit institutions in rural China, are not accountable to their member households. This article argues that this conundrum can be explained by an institutional...
Signaling Democracy: Patron-Client Relations and Democratization in South Korea and Poland
Facing massive protests, why did incumbent regimes in both South Korea and Poland repress movements for democratization in the early 1980s but make democratic concessions to the opposition in the late 1980s? I demonstrate how the United States and...