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Political Participation in Asia

Defining and Deploying Political Space, 1st Edition

Edited by Eva Hansson, Meredith L. Weiss


216 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

Eva Hansson is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Coordinator of the Forum for Asian Studies, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden, specializing in studies of democratization and/or political regime change, focused particularly on Southeast Asia. She teaches democratization, human rights and international politics. Among her publications are Growth without Democracy: Challenges to Authoritarianism in Vietnam (2011) and the edited volume, Civil Society and Authoritarianism in the Third World. She has published chapters and articles on protest movements, inequality and political regimes in Southeast Asia, as well as reports on politics and political economy.

Meredith L. Weiss is a Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York, US. She has published widely on political mobilization and contention, the politics of identity and development and electoral politics in Southeast Asia. Her books include Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (2011) and Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia (2006), as well as seven edited volumes, most recently, Electoral Dynamics in Sarawak: Contesting Developmentalism and Rights (with Arnold Puyok, 2017) and the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia (2015).

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General