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Trump, the authoritarian populist revolt and the future of the rules-based order in Asia

Chacko, P. and Jayasuriya, K. (2017) Trump, the authoritarian populist revolt and the future of the rules-based order in Asia. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 71 (2). pp. 121-127.

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In this short article, the authors analyse the implications of the election of Donald Trump for the future of the liberal rules-based order, with specific emphasis on its implications for the Asian region. Departing from the institutional fetishism that figures prominently in the literature, the authors argue that this liberal order needs to be conceptualised in terms of its social foundations. Particularly important to consider, in terms of understanding these social foundations, is the nature of social relations in the USA. The election of Trump reflects the deep crisis of the US state and the rise of a new ‘authoritarian populism’. The authors trace the roots of this authoritarian populism to patterns of global capitalist transformation, the crisis of the US state and the modes of crisis management that this has generated. They then explore the implications of Trump’s authoritarian populism for the region.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Politics and International Studies
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: © 2017 Australian Institute of International Affairs
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