The Nature of Asian Politics is a broad and thematic treatment of the fundamental factors that characterize politics in the fourteen key countries of Southeast and Northeast Asia. Bruce Gilley begins with an overview of state-society relations, then moves on to the fundamental questions of development and democracy, and finally shifts to an exploration of governance and public policy in the region. This book proposes an Asian governance model that is useful for understanding politics from Japan to Indonesia. By reviving an earlier paradigm known as oriental despotism and applying it to political theories on the Asian region, this book is likely to attract wide debate among students of Asian politics and among Western policy makers seeking to engage the region.
Bruce Gilley is a leading international scholar on the comparative and international politics of Asia and China and an expert on questions of democracy, state building, and political legitimacy. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the director of the doctoral program in public affairs and policy in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. His books include The Right to Rule and China's Democratic Future. His research articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Environmental Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and the Journal of Contemporary China.
1. Introduction; 2. State and society; 3. Development; 4. Democracy; 5. Governance; 6. Public policy.