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.

  • The US Versus the North Korean Nuclear Threat: Mitigating the Nuclear Security Dilemma book cover

    The US Versus the North Korean Nuclear Threat

    Mitigating the Nuclear Security Dilemma

    By Er-Win Tan

    Although the current world order is still dominated by the US, there is increasing international concern over the possibility of regional security dilemmas arising from smaller powers’ attempts to develop Weapons of Mass Destruction. A study of US-North Korean interaction using the security dilemma…

    Paperback – 2017-11-04 
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  • Parliaments in Asia: Institution Building and Political Development book cover

    Parliaments in Asia

    Institution Building and Political Development

    Edited by Zheng Yongnian, Lye Liang Fook, Wilhelm Hofmeister

    Much writing on politics in Asia revolves around the themes of democracy and democratisation with a particular focus on political systems and political parties. This book, on the other hand, examines the role that parliaments – a key institution of democracy – play in East, Southeast and South Asia…

    Paperback – 2017-11-03 
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  • Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia book cover

    Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia

    Edited by Siriporn Wajjwalku, Kong Chong Ho, Osamu Yoshida

    Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia highlights a number of interests which members of ASEAN and Plus Three countries collectively recognize. This set of common interests includes not only economic development but also social development. Written by nationals in their respective…

    Paperback – 2017-10-25 
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  • Institutionalizing East Asia: Mapping and Reconfiguring Regional Cooperation book cover

    Institutionalizing East Asia

    Mapping and Reconfiguring Regional Cooperation

    Edited by Alice D. Ba, Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Sueo Sudo

    Institutional activities have remarkably transformed East Asia, a region once known for the absence of regionalism and regime-building efforts. Yet the dynamics of this Asian institutionalization have remained an understudied area of research. This book offers one of the first scholarly attempts to…

    Paperback – 2017-10-25 
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  • New Media Political Engagement And Participation in Malaysia book cover

    New Media Political Engagement And Participation in Malaysia

    By Sara Chinnasamy

    This book analyses the exponential growth of independent news portal (INPs) in Malaysia and discusses the extent of impacts generated from these portals in Malaysian electoral conduct especially during Malaysia's 12th and 13th general elections. The mainstream media in Malaysia has for decades been…

    Hardback – 2017-10-13 
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  • Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia book cover

    Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia

    Edited by Sungmoon Kim, Hsin-wen Lee

    Since the late 1980s, many East Asian countries have become more multicultural, a process marked by increased democracy and pluralism despite the continuing influence of nationalism, which has forced these countries in the region to re-envision their nations. Many such countries have had to…

    Hardback – 2017-09-21 
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  • Japan's International Democracy Assistance as Soft Power: Neoclassical Realist Analysis book cover

    Japan's International Democracy Assistance as Soft Power

    Neoclassical Realist Analysis

    By Maiko Ichihara

    Japan has increasingly emphasized democracy assistance since the mid-2000s, such that it now constitutes a major part of Japan’s foreign policy. This approach is an ostensible departure from the country’s traditional foreign policy stance, which tries to avoid bringing values to the forefront of…

    Hardback – 2017-09-06 
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  • Japan and the shaping of post-Vietnam War Southeast Asia: Japanese diplomacy and the Cambodian conflict, 1978-1993 book cover

    Japan and the shaping of post-Vietnam War Southeast Asia

    Japanese diplomacy and the Cambodian conflict, 1978-1993

    By Andrea Pressello

    The Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in 1978 and the consequent outbreak of the Cambodian conflict brought Southeast Asia into instability and deteriorated relations between Vietnam and the subsequently established Vietnam-backed government in Cambodia on the one hand and the Association of…

    Hardback – 2017-08-31 
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  • Japan's Security and Economic Dependence on China and the United States: Cool Politics, Lukewarm Economics book cover

    Japan's Security and Economic Dependence on China and the United States

    Cool Politics, Lukewarm Economics

    By Keisuke Iida

    With the rise of China, Japan and many East Asian countries are caught between maximizing profit from economic ties with her, and strengthening alliances with the United States to prevent China from overpowering them. Liberals and realists thus debate over the likelihood of either security tensions…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
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  • Secessionism and Separatism in Europe and Asia: To Have a State of One’s Own book cover

    Secessionism and Separatism in Europe and Asia

    To Have a State of One’s Own

    Edited by Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Aleksandar Pavković

    The boundaries between secessionism and separatism are often blurred, and in many cases study of secessionism encompasses that of separatism and vice versa. Recognising this inherent relationship, this book provides a comparative survey of recent attempts at secession and separatist movements from…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31
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  • China's Power and Asian Security book cover

    China's Power and Asian Security

    Edited by Mingjiang Li, Kalyan M. Kemburi

    One of the most significant factors for contemporary international relations is the growth of China’s economic, military, and political power. Indeed, few analysts would dispute the observation that China’s power has strongly influenced the structure of the international system, major-power…

    Paperback – 2017-05-25
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  • A History of Human Rights Society in Singapore: 1965-2015 book cover

    A History of Human Rights Society in Singapore

    1965-2015

    Edited by Jiyoung Song

    To celebrate Singapore’s fiftieth anniversary for its independence from Malaysia in 2015, 35 students, academics and activists came together to discuss and write about pioneering Singaporean human rights activists and their under-reported stories in Singapore. The city-state is known for its…

    Hardback – 2017-05-15
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  • Democratization in China, Korea and Southeast Asia?: Local and National Perspectives book cover

    Democratization in China, Korea and Southeast Asia?

    Local and National Perspectives

    Edited by Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, Lynn T. White III

    Rapid economic pluralization in East Asia has empowered local and medial groups, and with this change comes the need to rethink usual notions regarding ways in which "democracies" emerge or "citizens" gain more power. Careful examination of current developments in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia…

    Paperback – 2017-04-27
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  • China’s Rise and Regional Integration in East Asia: Hegemony or community? book cover

    China’s Rise and Regional Integration in East Asia

    Hegemony or community?

    Edited by Yong Wook Lee, Key-young Son

    With featuring far-reaching diversities and disparities among the regional states in their political, economic and social systems and cultural and religious orientations, East Asia is a microcosm of international society at large. Nevertheless, there are unique dynamics unfolding in East Asia at…

    Paperback – 2017-04-27
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  • Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi book cover

    Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi

    Edited by Tiang Boon Hoo

    There has been a discernable calibration of Chinese foreign policy since the ascension of Xi Jinping to the top leadership positions in China. The operative term here is adjustment rather than renovation because there has not been a fundamental transformation of Chinese foreign policy or "setting…

    Hardback – 2017-02-14
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  • Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy Under Hegemony book cover

    Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles

    Resource Diplomacy Under Hegemony

    Edited by David Zweig, Yufan Hao

      The remarkable performance of the Chinese economy in the last three decades has placed China at the centre of the world stage. In 1993, China became a net importer of energy, although it was not until the early 2000s that the world began to pay more attention to China’s energy needs and its…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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  • Japan’s Civil-Military Diplomacy: The Banks of the Rubicon book cover

    Japan’s Civil-Military Diplomacy

    The Banks of the Rubicon

    By Dennis T. Yasutomo

    Since the early 1990s, there has been a clear evolution in the military dimension of Japanese diplomacy. From Gulf War I in 1991 to the present day, an incremental but unmistakable acceptance of, and resort to, military dispatches has taken place, and yet crucially, Japan has not morphed into a…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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  • Negotiating the U.S.–Japan Alliance: Japan Confidential book cover

    Negotiating the U.S.–Japan Alliance

    Japan Confidential

    By Yukinori Komine

    In recent years, the U.S.–Japan alliance has marked several anniversaries, including 40 years since the 1969 decision on the reversion of Okinawa. These occasions have provided crucial opportunities to reassess the continuing significance of U.S.–Japan security and diplomatic relations, prompting…

    Hardback – 2016-12-14
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  • Governing Global-City Singapore: Legacies and Futures After Lee Kuan Yew book cover

    Governing Global-City Singapore

    Legacies and Futures After Lee Kuan Yew

    By Kenneth Paul Tan

    This book provides a detailed analysis of how governance in Singapore has evolved since independence to become what it is today, and what its prospects might be in a post-Lee Kuan Yew future. Firstly, it discusses the question of political leadership, electoral dominance and legislative monopoly in…

    Hardback – 2016-12-13
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  • Illiberal Democracy in Indonesia: The Ideology of the Family State book cover

    Illiberal Democracy in Indonesia

    The Ideology of the Family State

    By David Bourchier

    Illiberal Democracy in Indonesia charts the origins and development of organicist ideologies in Indonesia from the early 20th century to the present. In doing so, it provides a background to the theories and ideology that informed organicist thought, traces key themes in Indonesian history,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • Regional Community Building in East Asia: Countries in Focus book cover

    Regional Community Building in East Asia

    Countries in Focus

    Edited by Lee Lai To, Zarina Othman

    This volume is a collection of papers written by nationals or former nationals of the respective country in ASEAN and Northeast Asia. Unlike other works written by scholars outside ASEAN or East Asia, it offers an insider’s point of view of the 10 ASEAN states, China, Japan and South Korea on…

    Hardback – 2016-08-09
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  • Political Survival and Yasukuni in Japan's Relations with China book cover

    Political Survival and Yasukuni in Japan's Relations with China

    By Mong Cheung

    What role does the political survival of prime ministers play in Japan’s relations with China over the Yasukuni issue? Three Japanese prime ministers, including Nakasone Yasuhiro, Hashimoto Ryutaro and Abe Shinzo, complied with China’s demands and stopped visiting the controversial Shrine in 1986,…

    Hardback – 2016-07-07
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  • Votes, Party Systems and Democracy in Asia book cover

    Votes, Party Systems and Democracy in Asia

    By Jungug Choi

    This book looks at the link between voters and political party systems in Asian democracies, focusing on India, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines. It discusses this link in terms of three distinct elements: the formation of voters preferences, the translation of preferences into votes, and the…

    Paperback – 2016-06-28
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  • The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore book cover

    The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore

    By Michael Hill, Kwen Fee Lian

    Since independence in 1965 Singapore has strengthened its own national identity through a conscious process of nation-building and promoting the active role of the citizen within society. Singapore is a state that has firmly rejected welfarism but whose political leaders have maintained that…

    Paperback – 2016-06-01
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  • Democratic Development in East Asia book cover

    Democratic Development in East Asia

    By Becky Shelley

    Democratic Development in East Asia explores an important but neglected topic in the literature on democratization in East Asia: the international dimension of democratization. It presents a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the impact of external political, economic and cultural factors on…

    Paperback – 2015-09-10
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  • Chinese Diplomacy and the UN Security Council: Beyond the Veto book cover

    Chinese Diplomacy and the UN Security Council

    Beyond the Veto

    By Joel Wuthnow

    China has emerged in the 21st century as a sophisticated, and sometimes contentious, actor in the United Nations Security Council. This is evident in a range of issues, from negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program to efforts to bring peace to Darfur. Yet China’s role as a veto-holding member of the…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
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  • Democracy in Eastern Asia: Issues, Problems and Challenges in a Region of Diversity book cover

    Democracy in Eastern Asia

    Issues, Problems and Challenges in a Region of Diversity

    Edited by Edmund S. K. Fung, Steven Drakeley

    With the ‘Asian Century’ now upon us, bringing with it many profound economic and political changes to the world order, it is very timely to assess the state of democracy in the Asian region. Focusing on Eastern Asia, this book provides such a review, highlighting lines of connections between the…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
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  • The Economy-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia book cover

    The Economy-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia

    Edited by T.J. Pempel

    The dynamics of Northeast Asia have traditionally been considered primarily in military and hard security terms or alternatively along their economic dimensions. This book argues that relations among the states of Northeast Asia are far more comprehensible when the mutually shaping interactions…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Japan and Germany as Regional Actors: Evaluating Change and Continuity after the Cold War book cover

    Japan and Germany as Regional Actors

    Evaluating Change and Continuity after the Cold War

    By Alexandra Sakaki

    The end of the Cold War and the bipolar era constituted a significant change in Germany's and Japan's foreign policy settings, granting both countries greater leeway to pursue policies divergent from Washington's strategy. This important book fills a gap in the existing literature by employing an…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Japan's Relations with Southeast Asia: The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond book cover

    Japan's Relations with Southeast Asia

    The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond

    Edited by Peng Er Lam

    The Fukuda Doctrine has been the official blueprint to Japan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia since 1977. This book examines the Fukuda Doctrine in the context of Japan-Southeast Asia relations, and discusses the possibility of a non-realist approach in the imagining and conduct of…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • New Dynamics in US-China Relations: Contending for the Asia Pacific book cover

    New Dynamics in US-China Relations

    Contending for the Asia Pacific

    Edited by Mingjiang Li, Kalyan M. Kemburi

    Washington’s strategic pivot to Asia and Beijing’s pursuit of new strategic and security interests in the region have led to increasing tensions between the two powers. US leaders have stressed that their increased interest in Asia is driven by a desire to benefit from the thriving regional…

    Hardback – 2014-09-16
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  • Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order book cover

    Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia

    ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, 3rd Edition

    By Amitav Acharya

    In this third edition of Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia, Amitav Acharya offers a comprehensive and critical account of the evolution of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) norms and the viability of the ASEAN way of conflict management. Building on the framework…

    Paperback – 2014-03-17
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  • Asia-Pacific Security Dynamics in the Obama Era: A New World Emerging book cover

    Asia-Pacific Security Dynamics in the Obama Era

    A New World Emerging

    By S Mahmud Ali

    This book examines the critical changes to the Asia-Pacific security architecture emerging in the context of shifts in the global order as the Obama Administration’s major strategic innovation and likely legacy unfold. The author reviews the state of the international security system during the…

    Paperback – 2014-01-10
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  • New Thinking about the Taiwan Issue: Theoretical insights into its origins, dynamics, and prospects book cover

    New Thinking about the Taiwan Issue

    Theoretical insights into its origins, dynamics, and prospects

    Edited by Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Dennis V. Hickey

    The "Taiwan question" has long been considered one of the most complicated and explosive issues in global politics. In recent years, however, relations between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland have improved substantially to the surprise of many. In this ground-breaking collection, distinguished…

    Paperback – 2014-01-10
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  • China, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation book cover

    China, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation

    By Wendy Frieman

    China, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation is an empirically and conceptually path-breaking book that documents China's participation in international arms control and non-proliferation regimes from 1985 to 2001. The book focuses on the distinction between US expectations of Chinese compliance,…

    Paperback – 2013-07-29
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  • Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan: From Principle to Pragmatism book cover

    Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan

    From Principle to Pragmatism

    By Dennis V. Hickey

    Following President Chen Sui-bian’s victory in the controversial 2004 presidential election, this book examines the future direction of Taiwan’s foreign policy, focusing on the internal and external forces that influence and shape the countries foreign policy decisions today. The author suggests…

    Paperback – 2013-03-05
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  • Party Politics in Taiwan: Party Change and the Democratic Evolution of Taiwan, 1991-2004 book cover

    Party Politics in Taiwan

    Party Change and the Democratic Evolution of Taiwan, 1991-2004

    By Dafydd Fell

    In 1991 Taiwan held its first fully democratic election. This first single volume of party politics in Taiwan analyzes the evolution of party competition in the country, looking at how Taiwan’s parties have adjusted to their new multi-party election environment. It features key chapters on: the…

    Paperback – 2012-11-15
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  • Indonesia's War over Aceh: Last Stand on Mecca's Porch book cover

    Indonesia's War over Aceh

    Last Stand on Mecca's Porch

    By Matt Davies

    Since 2001, Indonesia’s military commitment to Aceh province resulted in one of Southeast Asia’s largest wars for decades. Indonesia's War over Aceh presents the background and history of this war, investigating its domestic and international implications, at a time when the recent tsunami…

    Paperback – 2012-09-13
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  • Domestic Politics, International Bargaining and China's Territorial Disputes book cover

    Domestic Politics, International Bargaining and China's Territorial Disputes

    By Chien-peng Chung

    This is a groundbreaking analysis of China's territorial disputes, exploring the successes and failures of negotiations that have taken place between its three neighbours, namely India, Japan and Russia. By using Roberts Putnam's two level game framework, Chung relates the outcome of these disputes…

    Paperback – 2012-07-13
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  • Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Architecture and Beyond book cover

    Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia

    Architecture and Beyond

    Edited by T.J. Pempel, Chung-Min Lee

    Defining and conceptualizing Northeast Asia’s security complex poses unique quandaries. The security architecture in Northeast Asia to date has been predominately U.S.-dominated bilateral alliances, weak institutional structures and the current Six Party Talks dealing with the North Korean nuclear…

    Hardback – 2012-06-07
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  • China's Multilateral Co-operation in Asia and the Pacific: Institutionalizing Beijing's 'Good Neighbour Policy' book cover

    China's Multilateral Co-operation in Asia and the Pacific

    Institutionalizing Beijing's 'Good Neighbour Policy'

    By Chien-peng Chung

    The leaders and bureaucrats of China have actively attended, initiated, promoted or made skilful use of regional multilateral political, economic, and security institutions to accelerate regional cooperation and integration with neighboring states, convince Asian states that China’s rise will not…

    Paperback – 2011-10-12
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  • Communitarian Politics in Asia book cover

    Communitarian Politics in Asia

    By Beng Huat Chua

    With the collapse of European socialism in the late 1980s, ascendancy of the liberal capitalist democracy and individual self-interest became prevalent in the West. In contrast, many polities in Asia, both by tradition and choice, have explicitly adopted communitarianism as a national ideology, for…

    Paperback – 2011-09-13
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  • Rise of China: Beijing’s Strategies and Implications for the Asia-Pacific book cover

    Rise of China

    Beijing’s Strategies and Implications for the Asia-Pacific

    Edited by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Cheng-Yi Lin

    Despite the growing internal social unrest and disparity of economic development, the People’s Republic of China is the third largest world economy and the second largest defense spender. Showing no clear signs of slowing down, China’s rise is seen as both an opportunity and a challenge by the…

    Paperback – 2011-04-20
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  • Taiwan in the 21st Century: Aspects and Limitations of a Development Model book cover

    Taiwan in the 21st Century

    Aspects and Limitations of a Development Model

    Edited by J. Megan Greene, Robert Ash

    Throughout the twentieth century Taiwan was viewed as a model - whether in terms of a model colony, a model China or a development model. This perception was based on the notion of Taiwan undergoing an economic miracle and political developments. Yet much of Taiwan’s history is unique and may not…

    Paperback – 2011-04-15
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  • Torture, Truth and Justice: The Case of Timor-Leste book cover

    Torture, Truth and Justice

    The Case of Timor-Leste

    By Elizabeth Stanley

    This book highlights how, and why, torture is such a compelling tool for states and other powerful actors. While torture has a short-term use value for perpetrators, it also creates a devastating legacy for victims, their families and communities. In exposing such repercussions, this book addresses…

    Paperback – 2011-04-15
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  • Governance and Regionalism in Asia book cover

    Governance and Regionalism in Asia

    Edited by Nicholas Thomas

    In the decade since the Asian financial crisis the ten states of Southeast Asia that form ASEAN, together with China, Japan and South Korea have formed the basis of a community intended to support the well-being of its member states, markets and peoples. This highly successful regionalisation was…

    Paperback – 2011-03-24
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  • The International Politics of the Asia Pacific: Third and Revised Edition book cover

    The International Politics of the Asia Pacific

    Third and Revised Edition

    By Michael Yahuda

    This fully revised third edition of Michael Yahuda's extremely successful textbook brings the region fully up-to-date, introducing students to the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region since 1945. As well as assessing the post-Cold War uncertainties that challenged the balance and power…

    Paperback – 2011-01-28
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  • East Asia’s New Democracies: Deepening, Reversal, Non-liberal Alternatives book cover

    East Asia’s New Democracies

    Deepening, Reversal, Non-liberal Alternatives

    Edited by Yin-wah Chu, Siu-lun Wong

    This collection brings us up-to-date on the contemporary situations in the new democracies of East Asia, and debates on the prospect of introducing liberal democracy to this part of the world. The chapters cover a wide range of cases, including in-depth examination of China, Korea, Taiwan, the…

    Paperback – 2010-04-06
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  • Asian States: Beyond the Developmental Perspective book cover

    Asian States

    Beyond the Developmental Perspective

    Edited by Richard Boyd, Tak-Wing Ngo

    A team of international leading experts provide a much needed re-examination of the theoretical claims and the empirical foundation of developmental state theory. Asian States argues that regardless of the merits of the developmental state as an explanation of economic growth, it falls far…

    Paperback – 2009-12-22
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  • Security and Migration in Asia: The dynamics of securitisation book cover

    Security and Migration in Asia

    The dynamics of securitisation

    Edited by Melissa Curley, Siu-lun Wong

    Security and Migration in Asia explores how various forms of unregulated and illegal forms of human movement within Asia and beyond the region have come to be treated as 'security' issues, and whether and how a 'securitization' framework enables a more effective response to them. The process…

    Paperback – 2009-12-15
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