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Asian Middle Classes - Drivers of Political Change? Asia Policy Brief 2014/06, November 2014

Ünaldi, Serhat and Spiess, Clemens and Jungbluth, Cora F. and Bartsch, Bernhard (2014) Asian Middle Classes - Drivers of Political Change? Asia Policy Brief 2014/06, November 2014. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    Asia watchers have been kept exceptionally busy by recent political developments in the region. An unprecedented landslide victory in India’s general elections, pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, close elections in Indonesia, a coup in Thailand – the list goes on. As unrelated as these events appear, analysts may find a missing link among a social group that is currently exploding in numbers: Asia’s middle classes. Often discussed simply in terms of its economic potential, Asia’s middle-income population is also flexing its political muscle. A closer look at its influence throughout the region in recent months seems to confirm for the field of politics what economists have known for some time: The rise of the Asian middle classes constitutes one of the most fundamental transformations of our time. The consequences remain to be seen.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > East and Southeast Asia
    Countries > India
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Bertelsmann Stiftung/Foundation (Gutersloh, Germany) > Asia Policy Brief
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2016 15:27
    Number of Pages: 8
    Last Modified: 02 Apr 2016 15:27
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/73884

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