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WEBINAR with Professor Dan Slater – Clustering Development and Democratisation in Asia


Rethinking Asian geography involves making the case for “developmental Asia” as a region transcending the conventional divide between Northeast and Southeast Asia. Developmental Asia is defined by political economy, not just physical geography. It has four distinctive developmental clusters containing three cases each. The value of this clustered approach is established by showing how developmental cluster rather than overall levels of development is perfectly correlated with whether or not authoritarian regimes have made democratic concessions in times of considerable regime strength.

Professor Dan Slater is Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Director; Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan.