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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia

ISBN 9781138639041
Published March 26, 2018 by Routledge
624 Pages - 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia is designed to serve as a comprehensive reference guide to politics in Asia. Covering East, South, Southeast, and Central Asia, this handbook brings together the work of leading international academics to cover the political histories, institutions, economies, and cultures of the region. Taking a comparative approach, it is divided into four parts, including:

  • A thorough introduction to the politics of the four regions of Asia from the perspectives of democratization, foreign policy, political economy, and political culture.
  • An examination of the "Big Three" of Asia – China, India, and Japan – focusing on issues including post-Mao reform, China’s new world outlook, Indian democracy, and Japanese foreign policy.
  • A discussion of important contemporary issues, such as human rights, the politics of the internet, security, nationalism, and geopolitics.
  • An analysis of the relationship between politics and certain theoretical ideas, such as Confucianism, Hinduism, socialist constitutionalism, and gender norms.

As an invaluable and all-inclusive resource, this handbook will be useful for students, scholars, researchers, and practitioners of Asian politics and comparative politics.

Table of Contents


1. The Comparative Study of Asian Politics, Shiping Hua

Part 1: A Comprehensive Introduction to Comparative Asian Politics Democratization: Political Institutions and Processes

2. East Asia, Brian Woodall

3. Southeast Asia, Ehito Kimura,

4. South Asia, Maya Chadda

5. Central Asia, Mariya Omelicheva

Foreign Policy: Asia and the World

6. East Asia, Dennis Hickey and Dean Chen

7. Southeast Asia, Shane Barter and Amanda Boralessa 

8. South Asia, Arndt Michael 

9. Central Asia, Roger Kangas

The Developmental State: Political Economic Considerations

10. East Asia, Linjun Wu

11. Southeast Asia, Yueting Tong

12. South Asia, Amita Batra

13. Central Asia, Luca Anceschi

The Asian Way: Political Culture and Tradition

14. East Asia, Yu-tzung Chang, Yun-han Chu and Mark Weatherall

15. Southeast Asia, Bridget Welsh and Kai-ping Huang 

16. South Asia, Subrata Kumar Mitra, and La Toya Waha

17. Central Asia, Nalin Kumar Mohapatra

Part 2: Introducing the Major Powers in Asia: China, India and Japan

18. China’s Post-Mao Reforms, Jason Chunlong Lu and Ting Yang 

19. China’s Foreign Policy, Baohui Zhang

20. Huaxiaism, A New World View, Zicheng Ye and Xiaole Zhu

21. China’s Foreign Energy Policy, Qinhua Xu

22. The Adaptation of Democracy: India, Ajay K. Mehra 

23. India’s Foreign Policy, Shibashis Chatterjee

24. Japan’s Foreign Policy, Sebastian Maslow Part 3: Issues and Problems

25. Multilateral Institutional Development in Asia, Yong Deng

26. Human Rights in Asia, Thio Li-ann 

27. Politics of the Internet in Asia, Jason P. Abbott

28. Military and Politics in Asia, Aurel Croissant and David Kuehn

29. The State of Democracy in Asia, Amy L. Freedman

30. Security in Asian States, Kenneth Boutin

31. Nationalism in Asia-Pacific , Kam-yee Law

32. Geopolitics and Geo-economics in Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific Rim, Peter J. Rimmer AM

33. The Politics of Ethnicity in Southeast Asia, Joel Selway

34. New Regionalism and Euroasia, Mikhail A. Molchanov

Part 4: Explaining Asia: Theories.

35. Confucianism and the Rise of East Asia, Jinghao Zhou

36. Is Confucian Culture Compatible with Democracy? John Fuh-sheng Hsieh

37. Hinduism and Democracy, Rina Williams and Nandini Deo 

38. Socialist Constitutionalism, Yuxin Ma

39. Gender and Politics in South Asia, Vidyamali Samarasinghe


40. Prospect of Comparative Asian Political Developments, Peter Moody

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Shiping Hua is the Calvin and Helen Lang Distinguished Chair in Asian Studies, Professor of Political Science, and Director of Asian Studies Program at the University of Louisville, USA.


Professor Shiping Hua has done a superb job in editing this major reference volume. The Handbook of Politics in Asia is encyclopedic in coverage. It offers in-depth discussions of a broad range of topics and themes for major countries and sub-regions of Asia. This is a must-have volume for every research library.

Professor Dali L. Yang, The University of Chicago, USA

The chapters of this handbook are brilliantly organized. They first provide full and systematic coverage, in East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia, of all regime types, foreign policies, development plans, and political cultures. Then they shift to interpretations of nationalism, regionalism, reforms, and diplomacy in three large states: China, India, and Japan. Pre-modern cultures are shown to have current effects. Anyone interested in Asia absolutely needs this book.

Professor Lynn T. White III, Princeton University, USA

This handbook, capably edited by Professor Shiping Hua, makes a major contribution to filling the gap in the general education curriculum. With informative chapters on everything from multilateral trade agreements to gender politics or internet management, all supplemented by rich graphic data, this book is ideal for courses in comparative politics or international relations or indeed for all interested readers.

Professor Lowell Dittmer, UC Berkeley, USA