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Populism in Southeast Asia, Paperback / softback Book


Conceiving of populism as the charismatic mobilization of a mass movement in pursuit of political power, this Element theorizes that populists thrive where ties between voters and either bureaucratic or clientelistic parties do not exist or have decayed.

This is because populists' ability to mobilize electoral support directly is made much more likely by voters not being deeply embedded in existing party networks.

This model is used to explain the prevalence of populism across the major states in post-authoritarian Southeast Asia: the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

It extracts lessons from these Southeast Asian cases for the study of populism.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 75 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; 3 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Political ideologies
  • ISBN: 9781108459105

Also in the Elements in Politics and Society in Southeast Asia series