The aim of this book is to examine and compare the integration process in both Europe and Asia, and to draw some possible lessons for East Asia from the European experience, which culminated with the establishment of the economic and monetary union. The book embraces the political dimension of integration (peace and security), economic, trade and monetary aspects, and cultural aspects. Written by well-known experts in the field of integration, this book represents one of the first attempts at comparing Europe and Asia in the process of integration, by incorporating the latest developments in the field. The main theme of the book - integration in Asia from a comparative perspective - has been relatively unexplored as most experts in the field of integration are also 'area experts' (i.e. European integration experts or Asian experts). The contributors to the book provide a distinctive perspective based upon their understanding of integration (political, economic, and socio-cultural) across various regions of the world.
'The authors combine well, each eminent in their own rights. Europe and Asia are integrating within themselves with several contrasts and similarities. Much can be shared in experience and lessons. More importantly, both regions are integrated with each other through inter-regional trade and the global economy. Written by realistic, multi-disciplined region experts, always with something new, this comparative work is a definite read for both scholars and students.' Linda Low, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and Head of Strategic Planning, Department of Economy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 'In an age of globalisation this multidisciplinary study compares regional integration in Europe and the potential for the same in Asia. This is a timely contemporary study discussing dimensions other than the purely economic one. Political and cultural diversity even greater than in Europe and possible Sino-Japanese competition condition trends towards integration in Asia. This is indispensable reading for academics, business analysts and government policymakers alike.' Dr Robert Taylor, University of Sheffield, UK
Contents: Introduction, Woosik Moon and Bernadette Andreosso-O'Callaghan. Peace and Security - The Political Dimension of Integration: The experience of European integration in an historical perspective, Frank Delmartino; Asian regionalism: a post-crisis perspective, Hyun-Seok Yu. Economic and Trade Integration: History and process of European economic integration, Bernadette Andreosso-O'Callaghan; Economic integration in East Asia: a Japanese view point, Motoshige Itoh. Monetary Cooperation: European Monetary Union and its implication for Asia, Robert Boyer; Monetary cooperation in East Asia, Woosik Moon, Yeongseop Rhee and Deokryong Yoon. Culture and Values: Culture, values and European integration, Ludger KÃ¼hnhardt; Culture, values and regional integration in Asia: critical reflections on the politics of regional identity, Stephanie Lawson. Conclusions: Can Asia emulate Europe?, Philomena Murray; Index.