Asian States in Crisis

Bjoern Dressel, Michael Wesley

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    Problems common to many Asian states suggest a pattern of crisis in Asia. The evidence suggests that the root cause is the similarity in the patterns of political development of postcolonial states. In Asia such states have attempted to reconcile state strength and internal diversity by constructing a triangular balance between identity construction, hegemonic governance and economic development. Unfortunately, this fragile balance eroded as state structures matured and economies grew, which increasingly exposed countries to escalating crises of legitimacy and instability. By highlighting changes in the postcolonial state compact within the region, this article seeks to advance both the understanding among theorists of political developments in the region and the understanding among those who govern of the roots of the current crisis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)449-463
    JournalStrategic Analysis: Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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