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Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia

Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia

Authors: Thompson, Mark R.

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  • Argues that there is a conservative authoritarian “route to the modern world,” following Barrington Moore Jr.
  • Discusses key leaders Ito Hirobumi (Meiji Japan), Lee Kuan Yew (Singapore), and Deng Xiaoping (China)
  • Suggests that the debate is less about "Asia" versus the "West" than authoritarian as opposed to liberal-democratic modernity
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Following Barrington Moore Jr., this book raises doubts about modernization theory’s claim that an advanced economy with extensive social differentiation is incompatible with authoritarian rule. Authoritarian modernism in East Asia (Northeast and Southeast Asia) has been characterized by economically reformist but politically conservative leaders who have attempted to learn the “secrets” of authoritarian rule in modern society. They demobilize civil society while endeavoring to establish an “ethical” form of rule and claim reactionary culturalist legitimation. With China, East Asia is home to the most important country in the world today that is rapidly modernizing while attempting to remain authoritarian.

About the authors

Mark R. Thompson is Professor and Head, Department of Asian and International Studies and Director, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR.

Reviews

“Thompson’s analysis of contemporary strategies to combine modernization and authoritarianism in East Asia is creative, stimulating and important. It offers valuable insights into when, where and why authoritarianism and economic growth might be mutually reinforcing, or prove untenable. A timely work indeed.” (Garry Rodan, Director, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia)

“Mark Thompson’s Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia is a book worth reading not only for political scientists interested in comparative politics in East Asia, but for those who working on the modern history of the countries in this region. The author offers us here a clear outline of the domino effect of authoritarian modernism which spread through East and Southeast Asia, and came to characterize the region’s modern development. The author’s wide-ranging analysis is inspirational. His incisive historical insights open our eyes to the transnational connections which made East Asian modernism unique.” (Kazuhiro Takii, Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan)

“In the tradition of Barrington Moore, Mark Thompson traces authoritarian learning back to Meiji Japan and Imperial Germany [and shows how] China is actively ‘learning’ authoritarian modernism, emulating Singapore’s model. This ambitious and well-written book provides many important lessons for the future of authoritarianism in East Asia.” (Marco Bünte, Associate Professor, Politics and International Relations, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia)

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-51167-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-51166-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia
Authors
Series Title
Security, Development and Human Rights in East Asia
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51167-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51167-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51166-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 130
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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