British Journal of Chinese Studies

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Vol 10 (2020)
Essays

East Asian Law-making in the Time of Covid-19: Through the Lens of Chinese Legalism

Ying-Syuan Huang
McGill University
Brian Chee-Shing Hioe
independent scholar
Published July 5, 2020
How to Cite
Huang, Y.-S., & Hioe, B. (2020). East Asian Law-making in the Time of Covid-19: Through the Lens of Chinese Legalism. British Journal of Chinese Studies, 10. Retrieved from https://bjocs.site/index.php/bjocs/article/view/123

Abstract

The authors answer the question why law played a key role in shaping East Asian responses to Covid-19. The paper elucidates the collaborative state-society relationships in Taiwan through the lens of Chinese Legalism. They argue that the Legalist legacy of conceptualising law has played an important role in shaping East Asian styles of governance and policy implications for common good and that understanding Chinese Legalism allows for critical and differentiated analyses of state control as it is present in the current pandemic.

Keywords
  • Covid-19,
  • Chinese Legalism,
  • East Asia,
  • Taiwan,
  • post-authoritarian,
  • law-making
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