GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Peter Ferdinand is a Reader in Politics and International Studies. He studied Russian and French at Oxford and Russian Government at the LSE, before completing a DPhil on Soviet politics in the 1920s. On the way he also studied at Kiev University in Ukraine and at Harvard University. He has taught at Warwick since 1976 and has also been a British Academy Research Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Between 1989 and 1993 he was on secondment to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, where he was Head of the Asia-Pacific Programme. In 1993-4 he was a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee enquiry into UK relations with China up to and after the hand-over of Hong Kong in 1997. In 2003-4 he was Acting Chair of PAIS.

Research Area(s)

I have three main areas of research

  1. Theories and processes of democratisation
  2. The political economy of development and international relations in the Asia-Pacific region
  3. The political and economic transition of the former communist states in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

A fourth area which is just taking shape is comparative politics of East Asia and Europe

 

Current Research Projects

1. Completing a book on comparative political and economic development in East and Southeast Asia. This will focus on political, economic and social change in the 1990s in all the states in an arc from Japan round to Myanmar.

2. Completing two articles on the political significance of the family and on family policy in several East and Southeast Asian states, their significance for East Asian identities, the relationship with modernisation in East Asia, and comparisons with states of Southern Europe

3. Completing another comparative article on the political and economic modernisation of Russia since 1991 and China since 1978 together with Peter Oppenheimer from Oxford University

4. The impact of the Internet upon democratisation, especially in authoritarian regimes. After editing a special issue of the journal Democratization in 2000 on ‘The Internet, Democracy and Democratization’, this had led to further projects, most recently a background paper for a conference on the Media and Democratisation organised by International IDEA in Stockholm.

Specific Research Interest(s)

Comparative governance in East and Southeast Asia; integration in the Asia-Pacific region and comparisons with integration processes in Europe; domestic and foreign policies of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; domestic and foreign policies of the states of the former Soviet Union; comparative processes of democratisation; the impact of the internet upon democracies and democratisation; new rising world powers, eg, the BRICSAM states.

Teaching(s)

  • New Rising World Powers - A whole-year graduate module that seeks to analyse the reasons for the recent rise of 6 large states in the world, as well as the impact of that rise upon the system of global governance and on theories of development. The 6 states are BRICSAM: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico. 
  • Introduction to Politics - First year undergraduate 
  • Introduction to Politics (IP) is one of the two core compulsory modules in the first year for students of Politics at the University of Warwick. It is designed to complement World Politics (WP), which addresses world issues and international relations.
  • East Asian Development Models - Graduate 
  • This is a whole-year graduate module that surveys the strategies for political and economic development of most states in East and Southeast Asia since the end of WWII. 

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

Comparative governance in East and Southeast Asia; integration in the Asia-Pacific region and comparisons with integration processes in Europe; domestic and foreign policies of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; domestic and foreign policies of the states of the former Soviet Union; comparative processes of democratisation; the impact of the internet upon democracies and democratisation; new rising world powers, eg, the BRICSAM states.

Overview of Publications

Books

Introduction to Politics
(with Robert Garner and Stephanie Lawson)
Oxford: OUP 2009

Enterprise and Welfare Reform in Communist Asia
(ed. with Martin Gainsborough)
London: Cass, 2003

Hong Kong in Transition: One Country, Two Systems
(ed. with Robert Ash, Brian Hook and Robin Porter)
London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003

Hong Kong in Transition: The Handover Years
(ed. with Robert Ash, Brian Hook and Robin Porter)
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000

The Internet, Democracy and Democratization (ed)
London: Cass, 2000; also a special issue of Democratization 

Take-off for Taiwan: A Profile of the 1980s and 1990s (ed)
London: Pinter for the RIIA, 1996

The New Central Asia and Its Neighbours (ed)
London: Pinter for the RIIA, 1994

Communist Systems in Comparative Perspective: the Evolution of the Soviet, Chinese and Yugoslav Regimes
Brighton: Wheatsheaf Books, 1991

 

Selected Articles

'Sunset, sunrise: China and Russia construct a new relationship', (International Affairs 83(5), September 2007, pp.841-67)

'Russia and China: converging responses to globalization', (International Affairs 83(4), July 2007, pp.655-80)

'Ethnosymbolism: China and Taiwan', in Athena Leoussi and Stephen Grosby (eds), Nationalism and Ethnosymbolism: History, Culture and Ethnicity in the Formation of Nations, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2006, pp.233-47)

‘South Korea’, in Peter Burnell and Vicky Randall (eds), Politics in the Developing World , (Oxford University Press, 2004, pp.371-82)

‘Party Funding and Political Corruption in East Asia: the Cases of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan’, in Reginald Austin and Maja Tjernström (eds), Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns, (Stockholm, International IDEA Handbook, 2003, pp.55-69)

‘Hong Kong and the Currency Board System’, in Robert Ash, Peter Ferdinand, Brian Hook and Robin Porter (eds), Hong Kong in Transition: One Country, Two Systems , (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003, pp.49-62)

‘Cyberdemocracy’, in Roland Axtmann (ed), Understanding Democratic Politics: Concepts, Institutions, Movements , (Sage, 2002, pp.207-16)

‘China and Central Asia’, in Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard and Bertel Heurlin (eds), China’s Place in Global Geopolitics, (RoutledgeCurzon, 2002, pp.130-45)

‘UK Policies towards China, Hong Kong and Taiwan’, in Miguel Santos Neves and Brian Bridges (eds), Europe, China and the Two SARs, (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000, pp.29-62)

‘Taiwan Goes to the Polls’, (The World Today , March 2000, pp.17-19), 

‘China in Revolution’, (China Review , Autumn/Winter 1999, pp.19-21)

‘Good Governance and Democratisation’ ,(European Institute for Asian Studies BP 99/05, Brussels, December 1999, pp.1-18).

'Nationalism, Community and Democratic Transition in Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia’, in David Potter et al (eds), Democratization , (Polity Press for the Open University, 1997, pp.466-89)

Selected Presentations 

'Asie: la Russia, la Chine et l'Organisation de Cooperation de Shanghai' 

Presentation at the Journee d'Etudes of the French Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique devoted to 'La Russie: apres la guerre en Georgie', Paris, January 2009