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Edition 1, 2020

Authoritarianism, democracy and civil society

Special Analysis
The biggest cost of the COVID-19 virus in China could be freedom

Special Analysis: The rhetoric of war is being used and is enabling the Communist Party to increase control over the people.

  • Associate Professor Delia Lin

Editor-in-Chief’s Introduction

Welcome to the Melbourne Asia Review, which is bringing together and exhibiting expertise on Asia.

The shrinking democratic space in India: uncivil society and an illiberal state

There’s been a severe crackdown on the civic space in India under PM Nahrendra Modi, which has accelerated previous trends.

Solidarity among Jakarta’s gig economy drivers

The gig economy is the new frontier of precarious work, where workplace-based collective organisation is problematic.

Edition 1, 2020

Authoritarianism, democracy and civil society

Uncivil Society: How democracy is being undermined from within

Democracy advocates are confronting the reality that they face hindrances from civil society as well as the state.

Why the protest movement in Hong Kong has become radicalised

The protest movement in 2019 has developed in contrast to previous social movements which have been marked by non-violence.

Civil (and Uncivil) Society in Exile: North Korean ‘Balloon Warriors’ in South Korea

North Korean defectors in South Korea continue with civil and uncivil strategies to fight against their enemy.

Dilemmas for advocacy organisations in Myanmar’s changing political landscape

Under the government of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi there are political realignments which have reshaped advocacy activity.

How the notion of constitutional resilience might help make sense of challenges to democracy

After unprecedented anti-China protests in 2019, what’s the future looking like for Hong Kong under Chinese rule?

What war-related sexual violence against Japanese women in Manchuria tells us about democracy in contemporary Japan

At the end of WWII, numerous Japanese women who resided in colonised areas of Imperial Japan were subject to sexual violence.

Book Review

‘Indonesia: State and Society in Transition’ By Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach and Dave McRae

This book is comprehensive and high quality volume, with authoritative authors and up-to-date contributions.