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This book examines the political economy of the states of Pacific Asia, stretching from Japan to Burma since the end of WWII. "Governance in Pacific Asia" offers a comprehensive account of the diverse experiences of the states in Pacific Asia. Organized thematically around government and business relations in the main sectors of the economy, chapters cover the historical, social, and cultural contexts for such policies as well as the social and political consequences of rapid economic development. They also discuss the increasing economic integration of the region as well as its impact on global affairs and the reverse effect of globalization upon particular political systems. Each chapter contains case studies and examples from anywhere in the region, with some countries appearing more regularly, such as China, Japan, newly industrialized economies, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. "Governance in Pacific Asia" provides an in-depth comparative survey of a key region in world politics and political economy. An essential text that includes sources from the region in at least three languages (Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian/Malay), it will be of interest to students and faculty in international relations, developmental politics, Asian politics, and political economy.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: New Nations and Nationalism; Chapter 3: Political Culture; Chapter 4: Issues in Modernization; Chapter 5: Developmental State; Chapter 6: Industrialization and Industrial Policy; Chapter 7: Contributions of Agricultural Policy and Exports to Development; Chapter 8: Differing Patterns of Business Across the Region; Chapter 9: Financial Sector; Chapter 10: Welfare and Gender Issues; Chapter 11: Political Development and Democratization; Chapter 12: The Emergence and Consolidation of Democratic Institutions; Chapter 13: Social and Environmental Consequences of Economic Development - Increasing Pluralism, Inequality, and Environmental Challenges; Chapter 14: Regionalization; Chapter 15: Responses to Globalization - Towards an East Asian Century?

About the Author

Peter Ferdinand is a Reader in Politics and International Studies, and Director of the Centre for Studies in Democratisation at the University of Warwick, UK. 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 Politics and International Studies.

Reviews

"Authoritative and accessible, this is the definitive introduction to the world's most important region." -Mark Beeson, Winthrop Professor in Political Science and International Relations, The University of Western Australia.

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