Anyone interested in populism in East Asia will quickly realize that the academic discourse on the topic is as enlightening as it is confusing. The relatively few scholars who are active in this field have produced a conceptually and empirically diverse body of literature. In some of it the sheer existence of populism is contested as are its key components and consequently its definition. The phenomena labelled as Japanese, South Korean or Taiwanese manifestations of populism include a very diverse group of political actors, making it difficult to identify a common conceptual ground.
One finding most scholars agree upon, however, is that the case of East Asian democracies is almost non-existent in comparative efforts of the international political science community. Lead by Hannes Mosler (IN-EAST), Axel Klein (IN-EAST) and Frédéric Krumbein (Tel
Aviv), this joint project sets out to close this glaring gap in populism studies. “Populism in East Asian Democracies” (PinEAD) takes an explicitly comparative approach to the study of the political systems of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan to understand the form and shape populism takes in these countries.
Lectures related to Taiwan:
Wed, Nov 18, 2020, 10–11 am Central European Time (CET)
Lin Thung-hong Academia Sinica, Taipei
Populism in Taiwan, 2014–2020
Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 7–8 pm CET
Chen Jung University of California, Merced
Dehumanization and Polarization in the 2020 Taiwanese Presidential Election
Wed, Jan 13, 2021, 10–11 am CET
Nathan Batto National Chengchi University, Taipei
The (Rapid) Rise and Fall of Populism in Taiwan
The lecture series takes place online and is open to everyone. Please find the entire program on our website. You can also register there for the online lectures: