This book is a study of the attitudes to political and social life among the citizens of eighteen countries in Western Europe, East and Southeast Asia. Drawing on data from the largest cross-national survey on political culture for the last half a century, this book assesses how political culture differs across the two regions and whether this can be drawn back to a profound difference in basic societal values, or ‘Asian values’. Examining geographical, religious and socio-economic factors, the authors discuss whether there genuinely is a common political value in the two regions or a profound difference as these countries move towards modernity.
This original and comprehensive study of the values, norms and beliefs held by citizens of the East and West will appeal to students and scholars of political culture and comparative politics, as well as Asian and European politics.
1. Introduction: Political Cultures in Eighteen Countries 2. The Nature and Content of the Notion of Asian Values 3. How Opposed are ‘Basic Societal Values’ in the Two Regions 4. A Common Political Culture in Western Europe? 5. A Common Political Culture in East and Southeast Asia? 6. Political Culture at the Level of Individual States 7. Conclusion
'Blondel and Iniguchi's work would prove invaluable to those who wish to engage with the issue further' - Sim Hee Juat, National University of Singapore
'those interested in the difference in attitudes and values within this Asian region will be rewarded by this valuable book' - Internationales Asienforum, 2008