This introductory chapter discusses the content of this volume which is about the origins, processes, and outcomes of labor politics in Korea and Taiwan. This volume questions why Korean labor unions are militant whereas Taiwanese unions are partisan. It investigates the influence of authoritarian legacies, political coalitions under democratic politics, and the modes of labor mobilization on the evolution of different patterns of labor politics in Korea and Taiwan and explores how strategies of incorporation or exclusion employed by dictators affected the interests and capacities of political challengers. It also highlights how labor interests are mediated by political parties into the formal political process.
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