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On April 5th, 2023, the PinEAD team met online with three colleagues from South Korea to discuss options for a joint project on populism.
In July, Kim Joohyung, Hong Chulki and Oh Chang Rhyong will visit Duisburg-Essen for an (on-site) second workshop sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and National Research Foundation.

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 influenced by the respective political culture and issue salience. 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. This joint project sets out to take a comparative and close look at “Populism in East Asian Democracies” (PinEAD) to understand the form populism takes in these countries.

PinEAD is led by:

Axel Klein (IN-EAST) for Japan,
Frédéric Krumbein (Tel Aviv) for Taiwan,
Hannes Mosler (IN-EAST) for South Korea

Axel Klein     Frederic Krumbein     Hannes Mosler

PinEAD is part of “Team Populism” (

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