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On March 8 & 9, 2024, the PinEAD trio Axel Klein, Frédéric Krumbein and Hannes Mosler presented at the international workshop on Populism and Democracy in East Asia which was organized by our Korean colleague KIM Joohyung and his team at Seoul National University.

The workshop was again sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the National Research Foundation of Korea. For more details, follow this link:

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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