Although Asia has a long history of governance practices, its modern governance systems have been profoundly influenced by the Western models. This book explores how the declining economic and political influences on the global stage of the USA and Europe has significantly reduced developing countries’ confidence in the public governance models promoted by the Western world. As academics have begun to challenge the assuredness of the conventional logic of ‘Western = Global = Best’, scholarship has also grown on the contextualized governance experiences in Asia.
This timely volume explores the emergence of Asian models of governance, taking into account the shifting global political economic landscape and the region’s rapid growth in recent decades. Could there be Asian models of governance that are distinct from the Western ones? If so, what are the key characteristics? The authors examine the potentials and challenges of Asian models of governance based on empirical studies from various Asian societies, ranging from Singapore and South Korea to Myanmar and Vietnam. As well as theoretical explorations, the book also provides rich empirical evidence on the contextualized lessons accumulated in Asia, offering a more nuanced understanding of Asian governance experience through comparative case studies.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Asian Public Policy which was supported by the Singapore Ministry of Education AcRF Tier 2 Grant entitled “Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective”.
Table of Contents
1. An emerging Asian model of governance and transnational knowledge transfer: an introduction
Ting-Yan Wang and Hong Liu
2. Developing policy theories in South Korea: lessons from the advocacy coalition framework
Kyudong Park and Christopher M. Weible
3. The leadership of balancing control and autonomy in public sector networks: the case of Singapore
4. What motivates environmental leadership behaviour – an empirical analysis in Taiwan
Xuejiao Niu, Xiaohu Wang and Hanyu Xiao
5. Policy consulting in developing countries: evidence from the Philippines
6. Can state-owned holding (SOH) companies improve SOE performance in Asia? Evidence from Singapore, Malaysia and China
Hyungon Kim and Kee Hoon Chung
7. Public policy with Vietnamese characteristics: the case of the motorcycle industry
Ting- Yan Wang is a Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She obtained her PhD from The University of Hong Kong. With wide research interests in knowledge transfer, governance, social policy, and poverty, she has published in prominent journals such as The China Quarterly and International Journal of Social Welfare.
Hong Liu is the Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His numerous articles have appeared in World Politics, Journal of Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He is a Chief Editor of “Public Governance in Asia”, a series published by Routledge.