GUEST LECTURE “Trends in Asian Politics: Populism, Electoralism and Authoritarianism”

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) in Copenhagen has a new director Prof. Duncan McCargo. He will deliever a lecture in the University of Helsinki to introduce his research and NIAS on 29 October! ALL WELCOME.

Time: 13:30-14:30, Tuesday 29 October

Venue: Unioninkatu 38 A, Room A 118 (Ground Floor), University of Helsinki


Trends in Asian Politics: Populism, Electoralism and Authoritarianism

This talk examines recent developments in the region, including the rise of Duterte in the Philippines, the 2018 electoral upset in Malaysia, Cambodia’s controversial banning of the political opposition, and Thailand’s controversial 2019 elections. Professor McCargo discusses the interplay between political protests, election campaigns and media events in the era of social media when the rules of the political game are being torn up and rewritten around the globe.

Duncan McCargo is Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, working mainly on the politics of Southeast Asia. He has lived, researched or taught in Cambodia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. His books include the best-selling The Thaksinization of Thailand (co-authored, NIAS 2005), and the award-winning Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand (Cornell 2008). His Fighting for Virtue: Justice and Politics in Thailand will be published by Cornell at the end of 2019. During his time at Columbia University, he co-founded the Columbia-based New York Southeast Asia Network (