China vs. South Korea Comparison Essay by Quality Writers

China vs. South Korea
This paper discusses authoritarian vs. democratic countries in Southeast Asia.
# 99981 | 2,706 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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The paper explores how China and South Korea appear to be diametrically opposed; China is authoritarian while South Korea is democratic. The paper discusses the modernizationist approach and shows how China is basically an authoritarian state while South Korea is democratic. The paper shows, however, how there are various aspects of these states that indicate neither one fits into a simple category, but instead both have moved at times in the opposite direction. The paper also shows how in both China and South Korea, the influence of tradition and ideology such as Confucianism has been beneficial for growth and development.

The Modernizationist Approach
A Unifying Force

From the Paper:

"What at first appears to be a sharp polarization between an authoritarian country and a democratic nation proves to be a complex matter. The modernizationist paradigm is based on "the attitudinal changes of the middle class, arguing that economic growth, urbanization, greater literacy rates, and organizational know-how help to stimulate middle-class participation in politics" (Text 12). Two very different types of modernization took place in South Korea and China. The rapid industrialization of South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s appeared to be related to state capacity and especially strategies used by the estate to overcome free markets and to accelerate growth. "Industrialization led to a new, much more diverse, complex and interrelated economy which becomes increasingly difficult for authoritarian regimes to control" (Text 13)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Foster, Kenneth. "Associations in the Embrace of an Authoritarian State: State Domination of Society". Studies in Comparative International Development. 35.4 (2001): 84-110.
  • Hahm, Chaibong. "The Ironies of Confucianism". Journal of Democracy. 15.3 (2004): 93-108.
  • Myungsoon, Shin. "Confidence in Public Institutions and Democracy in South Korea". Korea Observer. 37.2 (2006): 277-305.
  • Taylor, C. Boas. "Weaving the Authoritarian Web". Current History. 103.677 (2004): 438-444. Textbook.

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