1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism

Edited By Mark Beeson, Richard Stubbs Copyright 2012
    512 Pages
    by Routledge

    512 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism is a definitive introduction to, and analysis of, the development of regionalism in Asia, including coverage of East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The contributors engage in a comprehensive exploration of what is arguably the most dynamic and important region in the world. Significantly, this volume addresses the multiple manifestations of regionalism in Asia and is consequently organised thematically under the headings of:

    • conceptualizing the region

    • economic issues

    • political issues

    • strategic issues

    • regional organizations

    As such, the Handbook presents some of the key elements of the competing interpretations of this important and highly contested topic, giving the reader a chance to evaluate not just where Asian regionalism is going but also how the scholarship on Asian regionalism is analysing these trends and events.

    This book will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and regionalism.

    Introduction Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs  Part 1: Conceptualizing the Asian Region  1. Theories of Regionalism Fredrik Söderbaum  2. East Asian Regionalism Gilbert Rozman  3. The Shift to the Modern World in East Asia: War, Memory and Regional Identity Peter Preston  4. A Non-Eurocentric Global History of Asia John M. Hobson  5. East Asia when China was at the Center: The Tribute System in Early Modern East Asia David Kang  Part 2: Economic Issues  6. The Significance of the Overseas Chinese in East Asia Gordon C.K. Cheung  7. The Developmental State and Asian Regionalism Richard Stubbs  8. What is Driving the Internationalization of Asia’s Business Groups? Michael Carney  9. Trade Integration in Asia Heribert Dieter  10. Regional Financial Cooperation Saori N. Katada  11. China-ASEAN Relations: The Core of Asian Regionalism Nicholas Thomas  Part 3: Political Issues  12. Asia, ASEAN and the Question of Sovereignty: The Persistence of Non-Intervention in the Asia Pacific Shaun Narine  13. The ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) as Authentic Social Forum Regional Civil Society Networking for an Alternative Regionalism Helen E.S. Nesadurai  14. Regulatory Regionalism in Asia Shahar Hameiri and Kanishka Jayasuriya  15. Corruption in East Asia Howard Dick  16. Social Policy in East Asia M Ramesh  17. Asian Regionalism and Human Rights: The Case of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Anthony J. Langlois  18. Asian Regionalism and Law: The Continuing Contribution of ‘Legal Pluralism’ Michael Dowdle  19. Democracy, Development and Authoritarianism Mark Beeson  P


    Mark Beeson is Winthrop Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia.

    Richard Stubbs is Professor of Political Science at McMaster University, Canada.

    'Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs have assembled a who-is-who of scholars working on Asian regionalism. This handbook gives an up-to-date survey of a subject of enormous consequence for world politics that will be extremely useful for all working in this field of scholarship.' Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

    'Beeson and Stubbs’ important volume brings together a group of leading specialists on Asia-Pacific regionalism. It is distinguished not just by the breadth of its coverage of regional institutions—both economic and security—but of the context in which they have evolved and the main challenges they face.' Professor John Ravenhill, Australian National University

    'One of the greatest merits of the handbook is not only its coverage of all crucial issues but also its inclusion of topics that are usually side-lined in IR-focused works on regionalism. For example, it is of great value that the reader finds a historical contextualisation of China’s role in the region (David Kang)... Readers of this volume will certainly be well equipped to “get Asia right” by understanding processes of cooperation in East Asia in a highly informed and critical way.' - Torsten Weber, University of Freiburg; Journal of International and Global Studies Volume 4, Number 1, November 2012.

    'There was a time, not long ago, when international relations scholars thought of European regionalism as the model for the rest of the world, and gave only a passing and dismissive notice to the emerging regionalism of Asia. This book is a powerful reminder of how and why times have changed. It offers an outstanding example of serious scholarship that is substantive but not celebratory, capturing the diversity of perspectives which nonetheless hold together to move the study of Asian regionalism to the next level.'