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Pathways of Western liberal constitutional development in Asia : A comparative study of five major nations

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  • Pathways of Western liberal constitutional development in Asia
  • Park, Sang-Chul
  • Oxford University Press


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Title Pathways of Western liberal constitutional development in Asia
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A comparative study of five major nations

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Author(English)

Park, Sang-Chul

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[Oxford]:Oxford University Press

Date 2010
Subject Country China(Asia and Pacific)
Indonesia(Asia and Pacific)
India(Asia and Pacific)
Japan(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Laws and Legislation
Holding Oxford University Press

Abstract

This article traces the pathways of constitutional development in five major Asian nations— India, China, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia. It considers whether constitutionalism in its Western form may be regarded as having universal appeal and application far beyond the Western nations in which it originated, and whether it may be argued that there exists a distinctly Asian form of constitutionalism or of political-constitutional practices. Adopting a macrohistorical and comparative perspective on developments in these five nations, from the late nineteenth century up to the present, the article demonstrates that constitutionalism has significantly broadened and deepened its reach in Asia in modern and contemporary times. It also suggests that no distinctly Asian mode of constitutionalism or of political-constitutional practices can be identified. Nor is there evidence that Asian culture and values are particularly resistant to constitutionalism. (The rest omitted)