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The Political Economy of New Regionalisms in the Pacific Rim

ISBN 9781138591660
Published September 16, 2019 by Routledge
284 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Combining an analysis of regionalism from a systemic view with a domestic political-economy analysis, this book sheds light on the new dynamics and emerging configurations of regionalisms and interregionalisms in the post-Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Donald Trump’s presidency has transformed trans-Pacific economic and political relations, contrasting sharply with President Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy. Unilateralism and bilateralism have returned to the center stage, at the cost of regionalism, interregionalism, and multilateralism. Understanding these new dynamics requires closer examination of the underlying domestic political economies. Examining ten country case studies of multi-actor agency at the national level, expert contributors argue that trans-Pacific relations should not only be explained in terms of the behavior of the major powers, but that medium powers, and even small countries, can exert influence and occupy strategic nodes and contribute to shaping a new international relations network.

Their findings will be of interest to scholars of international relations, international political economy, regionalism, and international economics.

Table of Contents


José Briceño-Ruiz and Philippe De Lombaerde

1. The Dynamics of Institutionalized Regionalism in the Pacific Rim: Comparisons, Connections and Interactions

José Briceño-Ruiz

2. Chile: Asia-oriented Globalization versus Latin America-oriented Regionalism

Sébastien Dubé

3. Relations with Asia in Peru’s Trade Agreements

Alan Fairlie

4. The Political Economy of Colombia’s Integration in the Pacific Rim

Philippe De Lombaerde, Gabriel Jiménez Peña and Lurong Chen

5. To Join or Not to Join the Pacific Alliance? Costa Rica and Panama in a Comparative Perspective

Kevin Parthenay

6. The Long Shadow of NAFTA: An Economic Geography of Mexico’s Integration in the Pacific Rim

José León-Manríquez and Luis F. Álvarez

7. Canada and Transpacific Regionalism

Jeremy Paltiel

8. The Development of Japan’s Trade Policy in the Asia-Pacific

Hidetaka Yoshimatsu

9. Changing Patterns in China’s Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Policy and its Involvement in Asia Pacific Economic Integration

Haiyan Zhang and Huai-Yuan Han

10. Understanding Singapore’s Trade Policy in the Pacific Rim

Deborah Elms

11. Australia’s Asia-Pacific Regionalism

Fabrício H. Chagas-Bastos and Hannah E. Woodford-Smith


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José Briceño-Ruiz is Research Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones para América Latina y el Caribe (CIALC), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (Mexico).

Philippe De Lombaerde is Associate Professorat the NEOMA Business School, Rouen (France), and Associate Senior Research Fellow, UNU-CRIS, Bruges (Belgium).