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Politics,Society,China
By Yongnian Zheng - 22 Feb 2017

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party

Deng Xiaoping, having witnessed in the early 1990s the fall of communist regimes in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, correctly analysed that the regimes’ downfalls were due to their inability to develop their economies and provide welfare for their people.  
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Society,South Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 13 Feb 2017

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India

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Society,East Asia

By Yanming Li - 08 Feb 2017

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Autonomy and Maturity

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Society,East Asia

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Nation Building

This series deals with Japan’s history from the middle of 1800 to 2000. These 150 years are divided into 9 periods, and each volume focuses on ten or twenty years. The first fundamental view from the series is the process of building the modern nation state of Japan.
By Yanming Li - 06 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society

The Era of Deglobalization Has Already Begun

The first wave of globalization began with Western colonization. In the last several decades, we have seen Americanization or internationalization. However, there are a lot of contradictions, for example, interdependence is not the same as Americanization.
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Politics,Society

Trump’s Victory is a Wakeup Call

The victory of Trump constitutes part of a global trend, where the failure of ruling parties in the West and elsewhere to address the real and deeply felt grievances of their citizens have thrust political power or influence onto demagogues and xenophobes.
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Society,Security,South Asia

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

In the last two years, since the advent of the Islamic State terrorist group, a new breed of educated jihadists from the urban middle and upper middle class has emerged in South Asia. This new breed has two nodes of presence: self-radicalised cells and lone-wolf individuals.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,Security

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

Since the International Security Assistance Force drawdown from Afghanistan in December 2014, America’s ad-hoc and confusing policies, the incompetence of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s inflexibility to peace talks have complicated the stalemate of the Afghan conflict.
By Abdul Basit - 06 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Economy,Society

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

2016 was a breakthrough year for populism, highlighted by the victory of the “leave” campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June, and Donald Trump’s win in the US general elections in November.
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Society,Southeast Asia

Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia

The concept of a meme is a useful way of thinking about the widespread adoption of increasing block tariffs, the approach most municipal water utilities in Southeast Asia now use to calculate their customers’ water bills.
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Economy,Society

How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class

Since the 1980s, US business corporations have been restructuring employment relations and financial behavior. Many people lost their jobs and were forced to find jobs in new places. It is a fact that the benefits and costs of the restructuring have been distributed unequally.
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Politics,Society

Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help

Trumpism is now shaping events around the world, like the One China policy and the Russian intervention of the presidential election. The best approach is to devalue Trumpism and treat US President-elect Donald Trump as an ordinary US president.
By Nong Hong - 19 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,Society,China

Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China

The National Development and Reform Commission of China released its five-year plan (2016-20) for rural economic development in November 2016. In this plan, rising costs in agricultural production have been highlighted as a major challenge.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

National Priority: From Ideology to Governance

The campaign rhetoric of Trump and the shift of Duterte to “pivot to China” seem to indicate a new sense of realism in their thinking. People now want good governance that can deliver a good and stable life for themselves rather than lofty ideas of taking care of thy neighbors.
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Politics,Society

Italy and the Snowball of Populism

The result of the Italian referendum will have implications for the wave of anti-establishment populism that began with the Brexit vote earlier this year, and which will serve to accelerate the snowball effect of populism as Western Europe undertakes a series of major elections next year.
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Politics,Society

Asian Democracy

Many Asians do not accept that Western liberal democracy is the best form of democracy. This does not mean that they disparage the core ideas of democracy: sovereignty of the people; rule of law; guarantee of human rights; majority rule with guarantee of minority rights; checks and balances.
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Society,East Asia

Globalization of Japanese Higher Education

The Japanese government has since the 2000s sped up efforts to globalize the country’s higher education system in order to overcome the long-term crisis resulting from the decline of Japan’s international competitiveness in the age of globalization.
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Politics,Society

A New Agenda: America and the World under Trump

In the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning victory at the 2016 US presidential election, IPP Review sat down with Professor Yongnian Zheng, Director of East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, to discuss questions surrounding Trump’s win, democracy, US’ foreign policies and more.
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Society,China

Circles and Circles: An Artistic Look at China’s Nation Building

After 1989 Beijing, social change and national development in China became displaced from the politics of New Democracy to a genericized and technocratic logic of development for its own ends. The anti-corruption campaign currently led by Xi Jinping amounts to a humanistic critique of technocracy, and the return of openly politicized discourse.  
By Rui Zhuo - 16 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

Trumped!

The pollsters’ belief that shy Trump voters did not exist turned out to be spectacularly wrong, when groups including college-educated white men and non-college-educated white women, turned out instead to be Trump supporters. Clinton’s campaign failed to recognize how intersectionality would complicate the voting behavior of different groups in the electorate.
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Economy,Society,China

New Measures to Douse China’s Housing Frenzy

Several factors underpin the latest housing boom in China. The central government’s de-stocking strategy is a big contributor. The easy monetary and cheap credit environment has boosted the development of the capital-intensive real estate industry. The declining supply and the rising price of land have pushed up housing prices in the high-tier cities.
By Zhihua Zhou - 04 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

The Crisis in Democracy

The global crisis in democracy is not just limited to Erdoğan, Duterte, and Trump. Europe “is entering an election supercycle in which four of Europe’s five largest economies have votes that will almost certainly mean serious gains for right-wing populists and nationalists.”
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Politics,Society

Has Democracy Failed America? The Final Presidential Debate

Many observers commented that the quality of the presidential debates was far worse than they had expected. Remarks and comments made by both candidates had little to do with policies but a lot to do with personal attack or disparagement.
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Economy,Society

Colombia Rejects Peace Deal: Chinese Investments in Doubt?

The peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had proposed “reforms aimed at bringing the rebels into the political system, addressing drug trafficking through crop substitution and allowing for reduced prison sentences for rebels who lay down their arms.”  
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Economy,Society,China

Rebalancing Fiscal Capacity and Expenditure Responsibility in China

One major issue is the mismatch between local governments’ fiscal capacity and their expenditure responsibility. In recent years, local governments have been responsible for over 80 percent of government expenditure, while being assigned only about 50 percent of government revenue.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

Crisis in the World Order: The Result of Three Major Transformations

The first is the transformation from the national to the global economy. The second is the transformation from elite to mass democracy. The third is the shift in the focus of knowledge from the world to the local, and from the macro to the micro scale.  
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Society,Cyberspace,East Asia

Pokémon Go and Cultural “Soft Power”

The phenomenon of Pokémon Go was built on the foundations of the real-world physical Pokémon products of the 1990s and early 2000s which was a runaway hit with kids and its influence shaped an entire generation of American children through primetime TV.
By Tai Wei Lim - 31 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

The Politically Incorrect Allure of Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s supporters see him as having “the guts to say what he wants,” and he is “saying what a lot of what America’s feeling right now.” Some who find themselves shocked by his politically incorrect speech still find themselves attracted to his message.
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Society,China

Understanding Social Protest in China

In the past twenty-some years, the number of social protests in China has erupted like a volcano. Many analysts believe that the regime is sitting on the mouth of a social volcano and its days are numbered. These predictions demonstrate the need for a better understanding of social protests in China.
By Yanqi Tong - 01 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society,East Asia

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Strong Headwinds

To some observers, Tsai and her party were challenged by problems of such a scope and magnitude that the future did not look good. In other words, the headwinds seem almost insurmountable.
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Politics,Society

Europe’s New Aristocracy

When intellectuals stop presenting options and start demanding outcomes, their democratic function has come to an end. The tyranny of a meritocratic intellectual class, Aristotle’s tyranny of the best, is a tyranny all the same.
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Society,China

Unemployment Insurance in China: Expanding Coverage and Improving Benefits

Unemployment insurance has become an important component of the social safety net in urban China, especially given the increased turnover rate in the labor market in the recent processes of economic restructuring.
By Jiwei Qian - 24 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,China

Financial Sustainability of China’s Social Health Insurance Funds

In March 2016, the reform of social health insurance was underlined in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. In particular, the financially sustainable management of social health insurance is one of the key issues to be addressed in the Chinese health care system.
By Jiwei Qian - 03 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World

While countries are dealing with populism internally, the world as a whole is witnessing great changes in geopolitics. Geopolitical clashes in the Middle East, between the two Koreas, and in the South China Sea, and humanitarian issues like the European migrant crisis, have made the world an unsafe place.
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Society,China

The Republic of China as the Historic Link in Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations

As long as Beijing asserts its policy of “peaceful reunification,” future cross-Strait political negotiations will continue to dwell on the positioning of the Republic of China.
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Politics,Society

Why China Likes Donald Trump?

Government officials in Beijing are skeptical of Donald Trump. But they feel they can negotiate with him and need to resolve some economic disputes that have festered too long. They like him and, more importantly, they like his party better than Hillary Clinton and her party.
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Politics,Society,China

Chinese Diplomat Wu Jianmin’s Legacy

Wu Jianmin, one of China’s most influential and outspoken diplomats, passed away in a car accident in Wuhan on June 18, 2016. His views on China’s security environment and open opposition to expanding nationalism and populism had made him a controversial figure, winning both acclaim and abuse.
By Xiaoping Wu - 29 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society

Should Chinese Americans Vote for Donald Trump?

Critics have argued against supporting Donald Trump by making historical parallels between his call of banning Muslims and undocumented Hispanic immigrants from entering the US, and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which virtually banned all Chinese immigrants from entering the US.
By Wei Luo - 27 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Society,China

Why is the Chinese Government Hyper-Responsive to Public Opinion?

Chinese opinion surveys consistently show that more than 70 percent of survey respondents agree that their government is responsive to public opinion. In contrast, in the same surveys, only a little over 30 percent in democratic Taiwan feel the same way.
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Politics,Society

Behind Trump’s Popularity and the “Pivot to Asia”

The domestic conditions that Trump has addressed in this US presidential election include a yearning for a restored middle class, a sense of increasing economic insecurity, and anger over wage stagnation and widening inequality. This domestic-centric sour national mood will spill over into US foreign policy.
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Society,China

China’s Rural Graduates: Urbanization, Employability and Social Mobility

Spatial mobility from home to university and the subsequent mobility from the rural peasant to the urban employee class provide Chinese graduates with experiences of upward social mobility.
By Zhuoyi Wen - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,Cyberspace,China

China’s Fandom Publics and Re-Assessment of the Internet’s Democratic Potential

The identity of being fans has become prominent since the 1990s and Chinese fandom has been heavily intertwined with issues including modernity, commercialization, and globalization.
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Society,Environment,China

Feeding the Chinese: Wither the Self-Sufficiency Policy?

The effectiveness of China’s new food security strategy remains doubtful, as it might turn out to be extremely difficult, if not entirely impossible, for it to achieve absolute security or self-sufficiency in staples. China’s attempts to boost staple production could bring huge economic, social and environmental costs to the country.
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Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia

The results of applying the model of the nation-state in Asia have not been encouraging. There are recurring problems of ethnic conflict, religious polarization, and separatism, which erupt now and then in violence.
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Politics,Society

Revisiting the Concept of Soft Power

The concept of soft power is advocating a sophisticated way of using hard power, involving use of persuasion, drawing on a country’s cultural and intellectual resources where possible and appropriate. It does not rule out the use of pressure and force.
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Society,China

Regulatory Reforms in the Chinese Healthcare Sector

Recently, there have been regulatory reforms in the Chinese healthcare system, such as new initiatives in the pharmaceutical sector.  
By Jiwei Qian - 29 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,Southeast Asia

Human-Scale Economics: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand

In Surin and in other examples around the world, small-scale and low-tech production appears to have created the conditions under which the poor can reduce the poverty that has plagued them for decades.
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Economy,Society,China

China Launches a Controversial Directive to Open Up Gated Residential Compounds

China’s State Council issued a guideline for urban development on February 21. It states that “in principle, no more enclosed residential compounds will be built. And existing residential compounds will gradually have their interior streets integrated into the public road network.”
By Zhihua Zhou - 19 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,Southeast Asia

Vietnam and the Philippines: Learning Together for Primary Care Payment Reform

Vietnam and the Philippines have both prioritized universal health coverage on their health reform agendas. Both countries have been trying to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and are striving to deal with growing challenges of population aging and chronic disease.
By Sarah Bales - 16 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,China

Rural Poverty Reduction in China: Policy Changes and Future Challenges

The first set of policies aims to improve the targeting accuracy of poverty reduction programs. The second set of policies plans to have poverty reduction programs to focus on adjacent regions with disadvantaged natural and economic conditions.
By Jiwei Qian - 15 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,East Asia

Facing the Threat: Taiwan National Disaster Management

On February 6, 2016, the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. President Ma Ying-jeou announced that the Cabinet had drafted a new plan for anti-seismic reinforcement of construction and would push for further amendments to strengthen disaster prevention and relief measures.
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Society,China

Understanding the Failure of Farmers’ Specialized Cooperatives in China

The vast majority of FSCs in China are not authentic cooperatives, but shell companies, private businesses, or commercial enterprises. The considerable policy supports from the government since the 2000s have been ineffective in fostering a healthy cooperative system.
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Economy,Society,China

China’s Latest Housing Boom: A Resurrection of the Old Development Model?

The recent housing boom in the high tier cities is a product of supportive policies, easy monetary environment, strong demand, increasing price of land, and various informal financing means.
By Zhihua Zhou - 29 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,Environment

China’s New Species of Environmental Protest

In 2007, China was taken by surprise when two large mobile phone and Internet-organized demonstrations put the last nail into the coffin of a multi-billion RMB petrochemical project producing para-xylene (PX) in the city of Xiamen.
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Politics,Society

Trumpism and the Predicament of American Democracy

In a few of Republican candidate Donald Trump's rallies, there were clashes and even skirmishes between protestors and supporters. The violent scenes were in sharp contrast to the "gold standard" of American democracy that people have come to know.  
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Society,Southeast Asia

Cinematic Rupture: Reading Cambodia’s Genocide through Deleuze and Guattari

This paper will deploy Deleuze and Guattari’s geophilosophy to read the political economy of contemporary Cambodia as a stratum that emerged from the deterritorializing mechanisms of the Khmer Rouge genocide and politicide.
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Society

Universal Insurance Coverage ≠ Universal Health Coverage, but China is Getting Closer

China’s remarkable progress in building a comprehensive social health insurance system has been swift and impressive.
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Economy,Society

Lines of Flight: The New Ph.D. as Migrant

Migration has since become an important survival tactic for doctorate holders seeking remunerated escape from the retrenchment of the American academic job market.
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Society,China

The GMO Controversy in China: More than Food Security

China’s strong support for GM technology is driven by a wide range of factors including concerns over food security and agricultural sustainability, as well as strategic considerations and practical reasons.
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Society

The Pedagogical Subject of Neoliberal Development

In fall 2012 and spring 2013, before I could develop the curriculum for the Freshman Seminar for the American University of Nigeria, I first had to understand the development challenges that emerged from Nigeria’s neoliberal transformation of the 1980s.
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Society,China

Increasing the Supply of Mental Healthcare in China

China released its National Mental Health Working Plan (2015–2020) in June 2015. Addressing the undersupply of mental healthcare is a major task.
By Jiwei Qian - 06 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society,China

Improving the Enforcement of Tobacco Control Regulations in China

China has been relatively slow in implementing its obligations under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
By Jiwei Qian - 06 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Society

Hybrid Lives in Postnormal Times

Hybridization has long been a force of change throughout human history. In this paper, I will consider three key examples of hybrid formations today.
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