Value Cleavages, New Politics, and Political Change in East Asia

By Aie-Rie Lee and Yong U. Glasure.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Over the past several decades, several East Asian nations have experienced tremendous socio-economic changes rivaling the changes what Inglehart described for postwar Europe, so similar process of value cleavages may be at work in Asia. We first briefly explain the nature of value cleavage process and outline why it is occurring, thus empirically demonstrating its causal antecedents. We expect that the New Politics value cleavages (Authoritarian-Libertarian) clearly emerge in countries with higher level of development, but does not appear in those at a substantially lower level of development. We then empirically analyze the political consequences of these value cleavages in three important areas. We look at the relationship between the A-L value cleavages and growing levels of social and political alienation along a number of key attitudinal dimensions. We also investigate the relationship between value preferences and a “New Politics” agenda and political involvement. Finally, we explore if values determine one’s willingness to engage in unconventional form of political participation, protest. The study is based on the 1999-2001 wave of the World Values Survey (WVS). The selected 5 East Asian nations exhibit drastically different levels of development levels: Japan, Singapore, Korea, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Keywords: Authoritarian-Libertarian Values, New Politics, Protest Action

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.515-526. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 588.940KB).

Aie-Rie Lee

Professor, Political Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Aie-Rie Lee is Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Her work has appeared in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, Social Science Quarterly, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, Asian Survey, Studies in Comparative International Development, Asian Affairs, Policy Studies Journal, Energy Sources, and Women & Politics.

Yong U. Glasure

Associate Professor of Economics, School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas, USA

Yong U. Glasure is Associate Professor of Economics and Management Science at University of Houston-Victoria. His areas of research are East Asian political economy and/or country study. His publications have appeared in such journals as Resource and Energy Economics, Energy Economics, Atlantic Economics Journal, Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, Asian Affairs, and Asian Survey.

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