Populism in East Asia

Hellmann, Olli (2017) Populism in East Asia. In: Rovira Kaltwasser, Cristobal, Taggart, Paul, Ochoa Espejo, Paulina and Ostiguy, Pierre (eds.) The Oxford handbook of populism. Oxford handbooks . Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 161-178. ISBN 9780198803560

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Based on a strict interpretation of the ideological definition of populism, this chapter argues that populist politicians are a rare breed in the electoral democracies of Northeast and Southeast Asia. In fact, multiparty politics have only thrown up three true cases of populism in the past: Joseph Estrada in the Philippines, Thaksin Shinawatra in Thailand, and Prabowo Subianto in Indonesia. Through the analytical framework of discursive institutionalism, the chapter explains the general absence of populist politicians by highlighting the distinctiveness of East Asia as an ideological setting. Specifically, the ideational context that is East Asia does not provide broader frameworks that would allow politicians to draw a moral distinction between ‘the people’ and ‘the elite’ in ways that are meaningful to voters.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF0020 General. Comparative government
Depositing User: Olli Hellmann
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 10:33
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 13:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68820
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