The conference will revisit the state in Asia and question the Weberian conception of the Asian state and the growth-oriented conception of the Asian political economy. It will take place on 28-30 June 2002 at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Paper proposals are invited to explore alternative conceptions of the state upon three closely related themes.
State traditions: what is the contemporary significance of the presence or absence of a developed sense of public power institutionalised in language, debate and practice in respect of the shaping of political debates, the underpinning of regime goals, elite training and recruitment, an activist conception of executive power?
State making projects, the idiosyncrasy of the state: the conference seeks to address the institutional range of states in Asia, to explore the imperatives and legacies (colonial and other) that drove state making projects, to delineate the results and to assess their contemporary significance.
The international construction of the Asian state: at issue is not whether the international environment has been functional or otherwise for growth but rather the impact of international politico economic relations upon the ideas and institutions, the goals, purposes, possibilities and procedures of the states of Asia.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2002.
Department of Japanese and Korean Studies
2300 RA Leiden
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