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Militants or Partisans: Labor Unions and Democratic Politics in Korea and Taiwan

Yoonkyung Lee


The exceptional experiences of South Korea and Taiwan in combining high growth and liberal democracy in a relatively short and similar timetable have brought scholarly attention to their economic and political transformations. This new work looks specifically at the operation of workers and unions in the decades since labor-repressive authoritarian rule ended, bringing Taiwan, in particular, into the literature on comparative labor politics. South Korean labor unions are commonly described as militant and confrontational, for they often take to the streets in raucous protest. Taiwanese unions ... More

Keywords: South Korea, Taiwan, labor unions, labor politics, democratic politics, authoritarianism, militants, workers, liberal democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804775373
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yoonkyung Lee, author