The Political and Economic Transition in East Asia: Strong Market, Weakening State (Hardback) book cover

The Political and Economic Transition in East Asia

Strong Market, Weakening State

By Xiaoming Huang

© 2001 – Routledge

304 pages

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The book examines the political and economic developments in East Asia since the end of the Cold War in an attempt to identify a broad pattern of transition, particularly in terms of the reshaping of the state's relations with forces and institutions in economy, politics and domestic- international interactions. The chapters are organised into three parts: I: The state in the new economy; II: The state in the new politics; III: The state in the new global environment. The contributors find a general pattern of the state's withdrawal from these three areas. But it is not simply that the market takes over, as some envisaged. Instead, the transition is moving towards a set of governance-producing arrangements in which the role of both the market and the state are appreciated. The book concludes that a more sophisticated approach is needed to the problems of development vs. governance, the state vs. the market, and global dynamics vs. national interests, for a better understanding of the dynamic transition and the consequent new political economy in East Asia.


'This book provided a useful snapshot of how the debate is being developed in the case of East Asia.' - Contemporary Southeast Asia

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General