Journal of East Asian Studies
JEAS is devoted to publishing cutting edge social science on East and Southeast Asia. The journal is interested in work that combines theory, novel empirical contributions and engagement with the major substantive issues facing the region. The JEAS publishes primarily in the fields of international relations, including both international political economy and security studies, and comparative politics. However, we welcome interdisciplinary work and contributions from sociology, applied economics and business studies as well. The journal is also open to roundtables on important new books on the region, review essays and shorter research notes. SSCI indexed, the journal prides itself on a strong peer-review process.For more information on submissions and subscriptions, visit the website at Cambridge University Press.
|Editor||Stephan HaggardUniversity of California, San Diego|
|Associate Editors||Yun-han ChuAcademia Sinica
Byung-Kook KimKorea University
|Xiaobo LuRMIY University
Andrew MacIntyreKeio University
|Book Review Editor||Yves TiberghienUniversity of British Columbia|
|Managing Editor||Sooyee ChoiEast Asia Institute|
|International Editorial Board||
Muthiah AlagappaEast-West Center
Steve ChanUniversity of Colorado
Beng Huat ChuaNational University of Singapore
Larry DiamondHoover Institution
Gordon de BrouwerAustralian National University
Emmanuel de DiosUniversity of the Philippines
Jorge I. DominguezHarvard University
Peter EvansUniversity of California, Berkeley
Sung-Joo HanInternational Policy Studies Institute of Korea
Szu-yin HoNational Chengchi University
Paul D. HutchcroftAustralian National University
Takashi InoguchiUniversity of Niigata Prefecture
Qingguo JiaPeking University
K. S. JomoUN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Ryosei KokubunKeio University
Shin-wha LeeKorea University
Sook Jong LeeSungkyunkwan University
Hyun-Chin LimSeoul National University
Linda LimUniversity of Michigan
Jongryn MoYonsei University
Andrew J. NathanColumbia University
Gregory W. NobleUniversity of Tokyo
John S. OdellUniversity of Southern California
T. J. PempelUniversity of California, Berkeley
Denny RoyEast-West Center
Gilbert RozmanPrinceton University
Miranda A. SchreursUniversity of Maryland at College Park
Dingli ShenFudan University
Jin-Young SuhKorea University
Akihiko TanakaUniversity of Tokyo
James T. H. TangUniversity of Hong Kong
Ezra F. VogelHarvard University
Yizhou WangChinese Academy of Social Sciences
Meredith Jung-En WooOpen Society Foundation
Yu-shan WuAcademia Sinica
Journal of East Asian StudiesCurrent Issue Vol.19 No.1
The resilience of authoritarian regimes rests on a combination of repression and responsiveness. In the lead article to the latest issue of the Journal of East Asian Studies, Xingmiu Liao and Wen-Hsuan Tsai draw on a unique dataset of irregular petitions to suggest how the government makes this tradeoff. The authors show that during important political meetings, when petitioners seek to cast the spotlight on government abuses, local governments tend to deploy “hard” measures to counter these petitions, including sending petitioners home and even detention. Yet in political off-seasons, the administrations are more likely to use “soft power,” including persuasion or even tacit negotiation. Their contribution deepens our understanding of the repertoire of instruments the Chinese government uses for maintaining social control.
Guangdon Xu, Wenming Xu and Binwei Gu also address an important issue for the Chinese government: the management of environmental issues. Using a stock market event study design, the authors show that the establishment of the ministry did in fact signal a new approach, as listed firms in polluting industries experienced a statistically significant shock to share prices around the event date. They also show the value of state connections as state-owned enterprises experienced less negative abnormal returns than private ones. The use of such event studies is not straightforward and in a productive exchange Deborah Selighson engages with the authors on the exogeneity of the event and whether their inferences are warranted. The debate casts light not only on the specific issue at hand—whether markets see new regulatory powers as mattering—but on the methodological issue of what we can learn from event studies of this sort.
The new issue continues our tradition of publishing high-quality work on Southeast Asia with a contribution by Ari Pradhanawati, George Towar Ikbal Tawakkal and Andrew D. Garner on vote buying in Indonesia. In many vote buying arrangements, politicians cannot be altogether sure that voters vote as promised. Drawing on a tightly-designed local study on Java, they demonstrate that education matters. More educated voters are more likely to “vote their conscience” even if they are poor and most vulnerable to cash appeals.
The JEAS welcomes well-designed qualitative analysis, and Fumi Ikeda provides an excellent example in a study of the role of unions in mobilizing votes in Japan. Ikeda starts with the puzzle that the Japanese Federation of Textil, Chemical, Food, Commercial Service and General Workers’ Union (UA Zensen) has a large membership but succeeds in mobilizing few votes. By contrast the Confederation of Japan Automobile Worker’s Unions (JAW) does much better although smaller in size. Ikeda argues that the difference lies in the density of union membership in company towns: autoworker unions are socially embedded in company towns that augment unions’ organizational capacity. Vote mobilization ultimately depends not just on parties and formal organizations, but on underlying economic and social organization.
The role of the internet in politics has become a critical and controversial issue: does internet use strengthen political participation of various sorts or serve as a substitute for it? Shin Haeng Lee and King-wa Fu reach somewhat pessimistic conclusions: that internet use is associated with low-cost political activities like signing a petition and inclines respondents to more costly political actions like attending demonstrations or participating in protests. But this willingness to participate is not matched by actual participation, raising important questions about whether internet use can actually dampen contentious politics.
Finally, Hojun Lee offers a deep dive into legislative procedure in the Korean National Assembly: the rules that serve to maintain party discipline. Lee shows that presidential politics served to weaken such discipline in a 2012 procedural reform bill. The reason is as follows: presidential candidates have interests which can vary—even sharply—from those of their party as they pursue their electoral ambitions.
Presidentialization and Procedural Rules Change: The Case of the South Korean National Assembly
2019-04-08 |Hojun Lee
Internet Use and Protest Politics in South Korea and Taiwan
2019-04-08 |Shin Haeng Lee and King-wa Fu
Administrative Reform and Environmental Protection: The Case of China
2019-04-08 |Guangdong Xu, Wenming Xu and Binwei Gui
The Electoral Clout of Unions in Japan: Vote Mobilization in Company Towns
2019-04-08 |Fumi Ikeda
Voting their Conscience: Poverty, Education, Social Pressure and Vote Buying in Indonesia
2019-04-08 |Ari Pradhanawati, George Towar Ikbal Tawakkal and Andrew D. Garner
Managing Irregular Petitions in China: Two Types of Social Control Strategy Within the Authoritarian Regime
2019-04-08 |Xingmiu Liao and Wen-Hsuan Tsai
Sheila A. Smith. Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China
2019-04-08 |Jonah Goldberg
Hu Yuehan. Shenghuo de luoji: Chengshi richang shijie zhong de Minguo zhishiren, 1927-1937
2019-04-08 |Hang Lin
William Hurst. Ruling Before the Law: The Politics of Legal Regimes in China and Indonesia
2019-04-08 |Chen Wang-Dufi
Gregg A. Brazinsky. Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry During the Cold War
2019-04-08 |Nicholas R. Zeller
Myungji Yang. From Miracle to Mirage: The Making and Unmaking of the Korean Middle Class, 1960-2015
2019-04-08 |Holly Stephens
The Journal of East Asian Studies invites original contributions that meet the journal's aims and scope.
Manuscripts may be in the form of articles (approximately 10,000 words), review essays or commentaries (3,000 words),
or book reviews (1,000 words).
Manuscripts for articles, review essays, and research notes should be submitted electronically, via the JEAS ScholarOne site.
To submit an article, please visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/joeas.
Correspondence concerning book reviews should be sent to Yves Tiberghien, Journal of East Asian Studies Book Review Editor,
Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Buchanan C 416, 1866 Main Mall, Vancouver,
British Columbia V6T 1Z1, Canada.Phone: 604-822-4358; fax: 604-822-5540; email: email@example.com.
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