Strongmen of Asia: Democratic bosses and how to understand them
Funded by the Norwegian Research Council (AU$1.8M via University of Oslo).
This research project investigates a set of strongmen – including presently ruling, fledgling, or former strongmen – in order to compare and understand a political style increasingly dominant in South and Southeast Asia and which we preliminarily call ‘bossism’. These strongmen are explored through fieldwork, online ethnography and media analysis of original language sources. This project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and administered by the University of Oslo. Nicole Curato is examining the case of the Philippines. Preliminary findings of her research are documented in Strongmen, Inc, published in Australian Foreign Affairs.