States in Asia are enmeshed in relationships with political parties. In the socialist and former socialist countries, states and ruling parties have been intertwined for decades. In other single-party systems, party and state institutions have become fused in a variety of ways. In the US-allied regimes, parties with deep historical links to state counter-insurgency projects remain influential. Placing parties in connection to the state is a promising starting point for examining politics in the region.

In this international workshop, we compare politics in East and Southeast Asia through a focus on the party-state nexus. Doing so can shed light new light on what parties do and whose interests they serve. What is a party? What range of forms do parties take, and how have those forms shifted over time? How do state-party ties shape prospects for and processes of democratization? How do parties’ links to the state re-shape the relationship between parties and the social interests they claim to represent? How do state-party ties affect democracy? Grounded in histories of institutions in the region, this approach stands apart from perspectives that begin with universal models of parties and party systems. The workshop explores the party-state nexus as a framework for comparing parties and political systems in Asia.

Read more about the workshop here: The Party-State Nexus in Asia (193 Kb)

This workshop is co-arranged by the Forum for Asian Studies at Stockholm University and Seoul National University. For enquiries, please contact Eva Hansson, Forum for Asian Studies or Erik Mobrand, Seoul National University​