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Politics in Asia: Politics in Asia


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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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Distributive Politics in Malaysia Maintaining Authoritarian Party Dominance

Distributive Politics in Malaysia: Maintaining Authoritarian Party Dominance

1st Edition

By Hidekuni Washida
October 01, 2018

The election on 9 May 2018 ended six decades of rule by the ruling coalition in Malaysia (Barisan Nasional or BN, formerly the Alliance). Despite this result, the BN’s longevity and resilience to competition is remarkable. This book explores the mechanisms behind the emergence, endurance, fight for...

New Dynamics in US-China Relations Contending for the Asia Pacific

New Dynamics in US-China Relations: Contending for the Asia Pacific

1st Edition

Edited By Mingjiang Li, Kalyan M. Kemburi
September 27, 2018

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 ...

National Identity and Great-Power Status in Russia and Japan Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order

National Identity and Great-Power Status in Russia and Japan: Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order

1st Edition

By Tadashi Anno
August 21, 2018

Having suffered military defeat at the hands of advanced Western powers in the 1850s, Russia and Japan embarked upon a program of catch-up and modernization in the late-19th Century. While the two states sought in the main to replicate the successes of the advanced great powers of the West, the ...

US-China Competition and the South China Sea Disputes

US-China Competition and the South China Sea Disputes

1st Edition

Edited By Huiyun Feng, Kai He
May 02, 2018

Traditionally, the South China Sea (SCS) issue was not on the negotiation table between the United States and China. However, the tensions between the United States and China over the SCS have gradually simmered up to a strategic level. Why and how did the SCS become a flashpoint between the United...

The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka Finding the Middle Ground

The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Finding the Middle Ground

1st Edition

By Michael G Breen
January 31, 2018

Nations built on exclusion and assimilation, decades of civil war, widespread poverty, authoritarianism and the decline of democracy. Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are travelling a road to federalism. Institutions and ethnic identity have interacted to privilege some and marginalise others. But when...

China and Transboundary Water Politics in Asia

China and Transboundary Water Politics in Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Hongzhou Zhang, Mingjiang Li
December 14, 2017

Water-related conflicts have a long history and will continue to be a global and regional problem. Asia, with 1.5 billion of its people living in shared river basins, and with very few transboundary rivers governed by treaties, is especially prone to such conflicts. The key to mitigating ...

The US Versus the North Korean Nuclear Threat Mitigating the Nuclear Security Dilemma

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

1st Edition

By Er-Win Tan
October 26, 2017

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...

Parliaments in Asia Institution Building and Political Development

Parliaments in Asia: Institution Building and Political Development

1st Edition

Edited By Zheng Yongnian, Lye Liang Fook, Wilhelm Hofmeister
October 13, 2017

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...

New Media Political Engagement And Participation in Malaysia

New Media Political Engagement And Participation in Malaysia

1st Edition

By Sara Chinnasamy
September 29, 2017

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...

Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia

Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Sungmoon Kim, Hsin-wen Lee
September 21, 2017

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 ...

Japan and the shaping of post-Vietnam War Southeast Asia Japanese diplomacy and the Cambodian conflict, 1978-1993

Japan and the shaping of post-Vietnam War Southeast Asia: Japanese diplomacy and the Cambodian conflict, 1978-1993

1st Edition

By Andrea Pressello
September 07, 2017

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 ...

Japan's International Democracy Assistance as Soft Power Neoclassical Realist Analysis

Japan's International Democracy Assistance as Soft Power: Neoclassical Realist Analysis

1st Edition

By Maiko Ichihara
August 31, 2017

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 ...

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