Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: Term 2
Teaching: 2 hour seminar
Lecturer: Peter Preston
The module will introduce class participants to the contemporary politics of East Asian countries in terms of the exchange between elites and masses around the interrelated issues of power and legitimacy within a contemporary world dominated by market-based production and consumption.
The module looks at patterns of power within East Asian polities. The module will consider the nature of elites, the make-up of various population groups (or masses), the ways in which political exchanges (power) inform political settlements (including distributions of power and the ways in which particular elements and the system as a whole are legitimated) and at how these processes are shaped by the demands of market-based production and consumption.
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