Given the impressive growth in East Asia after World War II, initially led by Japan, the region's development models have been scrutinized since the 1980s. The shared Confucian cultural heritage, strong government guidance, and export led economies were often cited as contributors to the impressive growth. However, major changes have taken place in Asia on and around the turn of the century: Japan experienced two decades of economic slow-down, while World Bank figures reveal that China is poised to become the largest economy in the world in 2014, overtaking the United States.
Bearing this in mind, is it even possible to formulate an East Asian development model in the context of a shifting twenty-first century? And if so, what is it? This book addresses this issue by looking at the economic, political and cultural perspectives of China, Japan and South Korea, focusing on dynamism and potential consensus regarding an East Asian development model. The chapters offer a historical background to the East Asian development model, as well as in-depth case studies of each of the countries concerned to show that whilst the East Asian development model does have distinct characteristics as compared with other areas, and other countries may draw some insights from the East Asian experience, it is not a panacea that fits all circumstances and fits all times.
This book will be welcomed by students and scholars of Asian economics, Asian politics, international political economy and development studies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Theoretical Perspectives 1. Introduction: The East Asian Development Model 2. Need for a Paradigm Change for the East Asian Economy Part II: The Republic of Korea 3. The Use of Nationalist Ideology in the Economic Development of South Korea: Implications for East Asian Development Model 4. Democratic Development and Authoritarian Development Compared: South Korea 5. Japan-South Korea Economic Ties: Stability and Growth through Discord Part III: Japan 6.The Development of Japan’s Developmental State: Stages of Growth and the Social Costs of Energy and Export Promotion Policies 7. A Tale of Two Capitalisms: Developmentalism, Neoliberalism and the Japanese Postal System 8. The Political Economy of Digital Television Transition in Japan and the United States: How Well Can a Coordinated Market Economy Solve a Coordination Problem? Part VI: The People’s Republic of China 9.The Beijing Consensus, the World Capitalist System and the Limits of Globalization 10. China’s Development Path: Joys and Worries 11. Two Models of Economic Development in China 12. The Mass Line Model: East Asian Democratic Model 13. Beyond Win-Win: Rethinking China’s International Relationships In an Era of Economic Uncertainty
Shiping Hua is Calvin and Helen Lang Distinguished Chair in Asian Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program, at the University of Louisville, USA. He is also "100-Plan Scholar" with Xi’an International Studies University, China.
Ruihua Hu is Dean of the School of International Studies, Xi’an International Studies University, China.