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Militants or PartisansLabor Unions and Democratic Politics in Korea and Taiwan$
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Yoonkyung Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775373

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775373.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Militants or Partisans
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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.

Keywords:   labor politics, Korean, Taiwan, labor union, authoritarian legacies, democratic politics, political processes, political coalitions, political parties

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