“Populist Demagogy in Southeast Asia: Thaksin and Duterte Compared”
As is the case throughout the contemporary globe, greater quantities of wealth have been concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. This has led to the rise of demagogic strongmen who exploit popular grievances for personal gain.
Thaksin and Duterte are leading examples of this phenomenon. Yet, they have both faced embedded elite interests that have mounted formidable defences of their privileges. This has curtailed populist inroads into established power networks.
Why the rise in demagogic figures in Southeast Asia: 00:00
Thaksin’s rise in Thailand: 01:20
Duterte in the Philippines: 11.25
Why should we consider demagogy 23:35
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