Conservative Asia

Priya Chacko

The Introduction to the special issue “Crisis, Populism and Right-wing Politics in Asia,” has been published. The special issue is guest edited by Priya Chacko of Politics and International Studies at Adelaide University and Kanishka Jayasuriya of Murdoch University’s Politics and International Studies Discipline.

Authored by the guest editors Chacko and Jayasuriya, “Asia’s Conservative Moment: Understanding the Rise of the Right” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2018.1448108), the abstract states:

Kanishka Jayasuriya

Across Asia there has been a shift to the right in important democratic polities. This article argues that this conservative or authoritarian shift reflects the emergence of a new form of political regime that Nicos Poulantzas characterised as authoritarian statism. This article presents a theoretical framework – with illustrative case studies of Japan and Korea – to understand the emergence of a distinctive brand of Asian authoritarian statism. These new trajectories of political regimes reflect interconnected political and economic crises of conservative capitalist democracies. These crises are the result of the fracturing of modes and mechanisms of political incorporation due to the transnationalisation of capital. It is argued that the inability of current modes of state intervention or political incorporation to manage these economic and political crises or secure political legitimacy for political projects to deepen market reform has led to a “crisis of crisis management” and the further weakening of the Japanese and Korean states.

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