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Asian Capitalism and Opposition to Economic Reform

13 May 2013 (17:30)

Professor Lawrence Sáez, Professor in the Political Economy of Asia in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), University of London will give a talk on Monday 13 May at 4pm in SSB228 as part of the School of International Studies visiting speaker programme.

About the talk

This paper maps out the unique characteristics of Asian capitalism. The author then engages with two strands of the literature —one dealing with varieties of capitalism (VoC) and the other one with opposition to political reform— in order to argue that these two theoretical frameworks have limited applicability to Asia. In order to address these weaknesses, the author proposes a new typology of hybrid capitalist economies. The paper then argues that Asia’s unique forms of hybrid capitalism enables the state to direct new forms of political bargaining and that it lends itself to new forms of political opposition to reform, particularly as it pertains to the development of a welfare state.


As well as his position at SOAS, Professor Sáez is also co-director of the Centre on the Politics of Energy Security. He is also a visiting professor at SciencesPo. His research is focused on comparative political economy, particularly as it pertains to the challenges of economic reform across different industry sectors in emerging markets. He is the author of The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC): An Emerging Collaboration Architecture for South Asia (Routledge 2011), Federalism Without a Centre: The Impact of Political Reform and Economic Liberalization on India’s Federal System (Sage 2002) and Banking Reform in India and China (Palgrave MacMillan 2004). He is the co-editor (with Gurharpal Singh) of New Dimensions of Politics in India: United Progressive Alliance in Power (Routledge 2011) and co-editor (with Katharine Adeney) of Coalition Politics and Hindu Nationalism (Routledge 2005).