A combination of economic transformation, political transitions and changes in media have substantially, if incrementally, altered the terrain for political participation globally, particularly in Asia, home to several of the most dramatic such shifts over the past two decades.
This book explores political participation in Asia and how democracy and authoritarianism function under neoliberal economic relations. It examines changes that coincide seemingly perversely with a participation explosion: with mass street protests and ‘occupations’, energetic online contention, movements of students and workers, mobilization for and against democracy and more. Organized thematically in three parts – political participation in a ‘post-democratic’ context, changes in the scope and character of political space and the policing of that space – this book analyzes economic, regime and media shifts and how they function in tandem and both within and across states.
Closely integrated, comparative and theoretically driven, this book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in the fields of civil society, contentious politics or social movements, democratization, political economy/development, media and communications, political geography, sociology, comparative politics and Asian politics.
Part 1: Post-democratic political participation
1. Conceptualizing Political Space and Mobilization, Eva Hansson & Meredith Weiss
2. Politics and Businessification: The Struggle for Civil Society, Kevin Hewison
3. Post-democracy and Political Space: Lessons from the Korean Experience, Jamie Doucette
Part 2: Expanding and contesting political space
4. Moral Discourse and China’s Evolving Enterprise Society, Johan Lagerkvist
5. Reshaping Political Space and Workers’ Mobilization in South Korea, Kwang-Yeong Shin
6. The New Meaning of Political Participation in Cyberspace: Social Media and Collective Action in Vietnam’s Authoritarianism, Bui Hai Thiem
7. Consumer Space as Political Space: Liquid Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia, Hew Wai Weng
Part 3: The policing of political space
8. Political Discourse on the Internet in China: A Multifarious Virtual Space, Teresa Wright
9. When Democracy is Questioned: Competing Democratic Principles and Struggles for Democracy in Thailand, Bencharat Sae Chua
10. Political Space in Refugee Camps: Enabling and Constraining Conditions for Refugee Agency, Elisabeth Olivius
11. Policing Politics: Myanmar’s Military Regime and Protest Spaces in Times of Transition, Marco Bünte
12. Participation and Space: Themes, Patterns, and Implications, Meredith Weiss & Eva Hansson