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Progressive setback in East Asia: why and how urban citizens challenged the new politics

Title
Progressive setback in East Asia: why and how urban citizens challenged the new politics
Authors
Yun, Ji-Whan
Ewha Authors
윤지환
SCOPUS Author ID
윤지환scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
PACIFIC REVIEW
ISSN
0951-2748JCR Link1470-1332JCR Link
Citation
vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 655 - 678
Keywords
habitationJapanThailandSouth KoreaProgressive setbackurban challenge
Publisher
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Referring to the short-term survival of new progressive governments, 'progressive setback' has been a remarkable political phenomenon in many East Asian countries during the recent decades. Regarding this phenomenon's background, this paper investigates why and how urban citizens challenged their progressive governments in Thailand, South Korea, and Japan. First, this paper argues that the progressive setback across East Asia reflects the difficulty progressive governments faced in overcoming the legacy of longstanding conservative regimes, which had locked urban citizens into specific modes of subsistence. The progressives invoked the protest of urban populations as their new socioeconomic policies undermined these populations' traditional basis of subsistence. Second, an investigation of the primary modes of urban subsistence in each country makes the cross-national comparison of progressive setback possible. Urban middle classes in Thailand, as an exclusive group incorporated into the mainstream political economy, engaged in a fierce contest with a progressive government that denied their privileged status in Thai society. In Korea, the self-employed turned to the conservative party since market restructuring programs of the progressive government made it difficult for these self-employed to maintain profits and sustain their livelihood. Finally, Japan's urban workers could not welcome the welfare expansion of the new labor-friendly government, because this class was too dependent upon wage incomes to agree with the consumption tax hike that welfare expansion required as its precondition. This paper implies that the old habits of urban citizens are an important hurdle for East Asia's progressives to overcome.
DOI
10.1080/09512748.2015.1012541
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