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Three Faces of Populism in Asia: Populism as a Multifaceted Political Practice

Shiru Wang

Drawing on evidence from eight Asian cases across three subregions, this volume highlights the distinctive features of Asian populism in comparison with Western experiences. In contrast to the latter, populist practices in Asia tend to exhibit an ambiguous nature, often characterized by ad hoc and mixed ideological add-ons.

The case studies shed light on the cultural dimension of populism, an aspect that has been largely overlooked in Western contexts. Empirical evidence shows that political culture and identity politics exert an influence on populist practices in Asia. In the meantime, populist attitudes towards the role of politicians, the popular will and the relationship between the elite and the people can serve as an explanatory variable for political outcomes. The relationship between populism and democracy in Asia is observed to be more intricate than that in Western contexts. Populism is not necessarily endogenous to democracy, and thus its emergence may not solely be a response to the crisis of democracy.

The book presents a valuable resource for scholars and students of Asian politics and those looking at the phenomenon of populism through a comparative lens.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Apr 23rd, 2024
  • Pages: 214
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781032508207
  • Categories: World - AsianPolitical Ideologies - GeneralRegional Studies

About the Author

Shiru Wang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at Hang Seng University, Hong Kong.

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