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Japan and China in the World Political Economy

1st Edition

Edited by Saadia Pekkanen, Kellee Tsai


246 pages

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Two powers in East Asia today stand to define the region's economic and commercial future: Japan, which rose in a spectacular industrial burst to become at present the world's second largest economy; and China, which is rapidly advancing towards a market economy under the watchful eye of the world.

While much has been made of Japan and China’s particular economic institutions and developmental paths, few works analyze them in a comparative framework. Including contributions from leading academics, the text focuses on the period from the 1980s to the onset of the 2000s, reviewing the experiences of Japan and China across the areas of development, trade, investment, finance and technology. Drawing on a combination of official documents, economic statistics, case studies and original fieldwork, this book will give political scientists, political economists, business concerns, and policy analysts a firmer grasp of the role Japan and China stand to play in the world political economy.


'This book provides an excellent comparative introduction to the international political economy of the two countries, particularly useful for teaching about East Asia because of its firm historical focus in each of the cases. In the one place, we get both well-rounded historical overviews of a number of major policy issues and an introduction to the current state of play' - Stephan Haggard, The China Journal, January 2008

Table of Contents

1. Patterns of Late Development and the Origins of Late Liberalization 2. Introduction: Late Liberalizers: Comparative Perspectives on Japan and China 3. Development Revisiting the Japanese Economic Model 4. Developmental Dilemmas in China: Socialist Transition and Late Liberalization 5. Trade: The Legal Evolution of Japan’s Trade Liberalization Politics 6. The Institutional, Political, and Global Foundations of China’s Trade Liberalization 7. Investment From Iron Doors to Paper Screens? The Japanese State and Multinational Investment 8. A Catch-up Strategy? China's Policy Toward Foreign Direct Investment 9. Finance: Japanese Financial Politics: Institutional Challenges Toward and Against Liberalization 10. Supporting Sunset Industries: The Financial System in China's Economic Development 11. Technology: Japan's Technology Policies and Their Limitations 12. Chinese Technonationalism: Autonomy and Security in the World Economy

About the Editors

Saadia M. Pekkanen is Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor, Jackson School of International Studies; and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law, University of Washington, USA.

Kellee Tsai is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General