In the Asian Review of Books, editor Peter Gordon reviews both my new book Democracy in Retreat and a forthcoming book by longtime China journalist Joe Studwell, How Asia Works; Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region. I have always found Studwell’s work to be among the most thought-provoking and contrarian on Asia – the two often go together – and his new work is no exception. It adds to the growing literature suggesting that the modern state capitalists, like China, are pursuing models of development not only sharply different from those advocated by the West but also different from the Asian tigers and tiger cubs – many China-watchers have suggested that China’s model is simply an updated version of what worked earlier, for nations like South Korea. I will be adding my own contribution to the state capitalism debate in the next year. Read the whole review here.