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October 19, 2007

Conference on Democratization in Taiwan and South Korea: Twenty Years’ Experience, at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

  I am at a conference being put on by CRN co-coordinator John Ohnesorge, comparing the experience of Taiwan and Korea in the past twenty years.  These are two very important cases for the comparative study of democratization.  Javier Couso made some interesting comparative remarks on the relation of these issues to development, emphasizing that East Asia and Latin America differ dramatically in terms of economic performance..  Not only is per capita income lower in Latin America but the gini coefficient, representing income inequality, is much higher.  Taiwan and Korea, on the other hand, seem to be paradigm cases for the Lipset hypothesis, which predicts that political liberalization will follow economic development.  Javier posed the question as to whether these material patterns don't go a long way toward explaining the different political and legal developments in the region.

For more on the conference see http://law.wisc.edu/ils/glsi/law_and_democracy_conference.html

--TG

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