The claim that cultural factors such as "Asian Values" really do militate against democracy and human rights is evaluated. The Asian Values claims of the Singapore government--both in its first incarnation, as Confucian Ethics, and its current form, as Shared Values--have actually been advanced for political and ideological reasons and have very little to do with the traditional mores of the population.
Copyright © <2000> The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 22, Issue 2, May, 2000, pages <548-568>
Englehart, Neil A., "Rights and Culture in the Asian Values Argument: The Rise and Fall of Confucian Ethics in Singapore" (2000). Political Science Faculty Publications. 41.
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