PinEAD · Populism in East Asian Democracies
On July 6 and 7, 2023, the PinEAD team met for an intensive workshop on populism research in East Asia.
KIM Joohyung, HONG Chulki and OH Chang-Rhyong visited Duisburg-Essen for this workshop sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and National Research Foundation of Korea. In addition, Willy JOU, professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University, joined the event and contributed his expertise.
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.