Asian Studies: Book Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

  • The Political Economy of Press Freedom

    The Paradox of Taiwan versus China, 1st Edition

    By Jaw-Nian Huang

    This book offers a political economy analysis of the development and degradation of freedom of the press in Taiwan since 1949, exploring how state-business elites and foreign hegemons interacted to shape the evolution of Taiwan’s media. It examines why freedoms increased alongside democratization…

    Hardback – 2019-09-30 
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  • Inequality and Democratic Politics in East Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Chong-Min Park, Eric Uslaner

    By utilizing various methods and different types of data, the contributors of the edited volume explore theoretical insights from the politics of inequality literature in the context of East Asia. They find that the connection between inequality and political institutions is much more complicated…

    Hardback – 2019-08-31 
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  • Risk Management Strategies of Japanese Companies in China

    Political Crisis and Multinational Firms, 1st Edition

    By Kristin Vekasi

    In the context of political tensions and rising economic interdependence between Japan and China, this books studies how Japanese multinational companies try to minimize damages and manage their own fear and uncertainty to sustain their business interests. Using a qualitative approach, including…

    Hardback – 2019-07-08 
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  • The Ever-Changing Sino-Japanese Rivalry

    1st Edition

    By Philip Streich

    What explains the ebb and flow of the Sino-Japanese rivalry? Why do the two states sometimes choose to escalate or de-escalate the rivalry? Does domestic politics play a role? Examining the historic and contemporary relationship between China and Japan through the lens of the interstate rivalry…

    Hardback – 2019-06-25 
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  • The Korean Paradox

    Domestic Political Divide and Foreign Policy in South Korea, 1st Edition

    Edited by Marco Milani, Antonio Fiori, Matteo Dian

    Bringing together an international line up of contributors, this book examines South Korea’s foreign policy strategies designed to cope with the challenges of the post-Cold War regional order. Caught between economic interdependence with China and a security alliance with the US, it thus analyses…

    Hardback – 2019-06-06 
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  • The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific

    Fourth and Revised Edition, 4th Edition

    By Michael Yahuda

    This fully revised fourth edition of Michael Yahuda’s successful textbook brings the subject up-to-date, introducing students to the international politics of the Asia-Pacific region since 1945. Following an evaluation of the legacy of the Cold War the author assesses the uncertainties of the…

    Paperback – 2019-03-14
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  • Japan’s Island Troubles with China and Korea

    Prospects and Challenges for Resolution, 1st Edition

    Edited by Victor Teo, Haruko Satoh

    This book examines the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute between Japan and China and the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute between Japan and Korea, in order to offer new perspectives on the possible approaches towards amelioration and resolution of these conflicts. Japan’s Island Troubles with China and Korea…

    Hardback – 2018-11-08
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  • Regional Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia

    Conflict and Cooperation, 1st Edition

    By Jeongwon Bourdais Park

    The share of global CO2 emissions from the core Northeast Asian (NEA) countries in 2015 was estimated to be as high as 33.63 percent. Representing 28.21, 3.67, and 1.75 percent of total global emissions, China, Japan, and South Korea were ranked the first, fifth, and seventh largest…

    Hardback – 2018-11-06
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  • Distributive Politics in Malaysia

    Maintaining Authoritarian Party Dominance, 1st Edition

    By Hidekuni Washida

    The election on 9 May 2018 ended six decades of rule by the ruling coalition in Malaysia (Barisan Nasional or BN, formerly the Alliance). Despite this result, the BN’s longevity and resilience to competition is remarkable. This book explores the mechanisms behind the emergence, endurance, fight for…

    Hardback – 2018-10-09
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  • National Identity and Great-Power Status in Russia and Japan

    Non-Western Challengers to the Liberal International Order, 1st Edition

    By Tadashi Anno

    Having suffered military defeat at the hands of advanced Western powers in the 1850s, Russia and Japan embarked upon a program of catch-up and modernization in the late-19th Century. While the two states sought in the main to replicate the successes of the advanced great powers of the West, the…

    Hardback – 2018-08-20
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  • US-China Competition and the South China Sea Disputes

    1st Edition

    Edited by Huiyun Feng, Kai He

    Traditionally, the South China Sea (SCS) issue was not on the negotiation table between the United States and China. However, the tensions between the United States and China over the SCS have gradually simmered up to a strategic level. Why and how did the SCS become a flashpoint between the United…

    Hardback – 2018-05-08
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  • The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

    Finding the Middle Ground, 1st Edition

    By Michael G Breen

    Nations built on exclusion and assimilation, decades of civil war, widespread poverty, authoritarianism and the decline of democracy. Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka are travelling a road to federalism. Institutions and ethnic identity have interacted to privilege some and marginalise others. But when…

    Hardback – 2018-01-29
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  • China and Transboundary Water Politics in Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Hongzhou Zhang, Mingjiang Li

    Water-related conflicts have a long history and will continue to be a global and regional problem. Asia, with 1.5 billion of its people living in shared river basins, and with very few transboundary rivers governed by treaties, is especially prone to such conflicts. The key to mitigating…

    Hardback – 2017-12-14
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  • The US Versus the North Korean Nuclear Threat

    Mitigating the Nuclear Security Dilemma, 1st Edition

    By Er-Win Tan

    Although the current world order is still dominated by the US, there is increasing international concern over the possibility of regional security dilemmas arising from smaller powers’ attempts to develop Weapons of Mass Destruction. A study of US-North Korean interaction using the security dilemma…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • Parliaments in Asia

    Institution Building and Political Development, 1st Edition

    Edited by Zheng Yongnian, Lye Liang Fook, Wilhelm Hofmeister

    Much writing on politics in Asia revolves around the themes of democracy and democratisation with a particular focus on political systems and political parties. This book, on the other hand, examines the role that parliaments – a key institution of democracy – play in East, Southeast and South Asia…

    Paperback – 2017-10-13
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  • New Media Political Engagement And Participation in Malaysia

    1st Edition

    By Sara Chinnasamy

    This book analyses the exponential growth of independent news portal (INPs) in Malaysia and discusses the extent of impacts generated from these portals in Malaysian electoral conduct especially during Malaysia's 12th and 13th general elections. The mainstream media in Malaysia has for decades been…

    Hardback – 2017-09-25
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  • Reimagining Nation and Nationalism in Multicultural East Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Sungmoon Kim, Hsin-wen Lee

    Since the late 1980s, many East Asian countries have become more multicultural, a process marked by increased democracy and pluralism despite the continuing influence of nationalism, which has forced these countries in the region to re-envision their nations. Many such countries have had to…

    Hardback – 2017-09-18
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  • Japan and the shaping of post-Vietnam War Southeast Asia

    Japanese diplomacy and the Cambodian conflict, 1978-1993, 1st Edition

    By Andrea Pressello

    The Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia in 1978 and the consequent outbreak of the Cambodian conflict brought Southeast Asia into instability and deteriorated relations between Vietnam and the subsequently established Vietnam-backed government in Cambodia on the one hand and the Association of…

    Hardback – 2017-09-07
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  • Japan's International Democracy Assistance as Soft Power

    Neoclassical Realist Analysis, 1st Edition

    By Maiko Ichihara

    Japan has increasingly emphasized democracy assistance since the mid-2000s, such that it now constitutes a major part of Japan’s foreign policy. This approach is an ostensible departure from the country’s traditional foreign policy stance, which tries to avoid bringing values to the forefront of…

    Hardback – 2017-08-30
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  • Japan's Security and Economic Dependence on China and the United States

    Cool Politics, Lukewarm Economics, 1st Edition

    By Keisuke Iida

    With the rise of China, Japan and many East Asian countries are caught between maximizing profit from economic ties with her, and strengthening alliances with the United States to prevent China from overpowering them. Liberals and realists thus debate over the likelihood of either security tensions…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10
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  • Secessionism and Separatism in Europe and Asia

    To Have a State of One’s Own, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Aleksandar Pavković

    The boundaries between secessionism and separatism are often blurred, and in many cases study of secessionism encompasses that of separatism and vice versa. Recognising this inherent relationship, this book provides a comparative survey of recent attempts at secession and separatist movements from…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31
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  • China's Power and Asian Security

    1st Edition

    Edited by Mingjiang Li, Kalyan M. Kemburi

    One of the most significant factors for contemporary international relations is the growth of China’s economic, military, and political power. Indeed, few analysts would dispute the observation that China’s power has strongly influenced the structure of the international system, major-power…

    Paperback – 2017-05-25
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  • A History of Human Rights Society in Singapore

    1965-2015, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jiyoung Song

    To celebrate Singapore’s fiftieth anniversary for its independence from Malaysia in 2015, 35 students, academics and activists came together to discuss and write about pioneering Singaporean human rights activists and their under-reported stories in Singapore. The city-state is known for its…

    Hardback – 2017-05-15
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  • Democratization in China, Korea and Southeast Asia?

    Local and National Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, Lynn T. White III

    Rapid economic pluralization in East Asia has empowered local and medial groups, and with this change comes the need to rethink usual notions regarding ways in which "democracies" emerge or "citizens" gain more power. Careful examination of current developments in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia…

    Paperback – 2017-04-27
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  • China’s Rise and Regional Integration in East Asia

    Hegemony or community?, 1st Edition

    Edited by Yong Wook Lee, Key-young Son

    With featuring far-reaching diversities and disparities among the regional states in their political, economic and social systems and cultural and religious orientations, East Asia is a microcosm of international society at large. Nevertheless, there are unique dynamics unfolding in East Asia at…

    Paperback – 2017-04-27
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  • Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi

    1st Edition

    Edited by Tiang Boon Hoo

    There has been a discernable calibration of Chinese foreign policy since the ascension of Xi Jinping to the top leadership positions in China. The operative term here is adjustment rather than renovation because there has not been a fundamental transformation of Chinese foreign policy or "setting…

    Hardback – 2017-02-14
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  • Sino-U.S. Energy Triangles

    Resource Diplomacy Under Hegemony, 1st Edition

    Edited by David Zweig, Yufan Hao

      The remarkable performance of the Chinese economy in the last three decades has placed China at the centre of the world stage. In 1993, China became a net importer of energy, although it was not until the early 2000s that the world began to pay more attention to China’s energy needs and its…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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  • Japan’s Civil-Military Diplomacy

    The Banks of the Rubicon, 1st Edition

    By Dennis T. Yasutomo

    Since the early 1990s, there has been a clear evolution in the military dimension of Japanese diplomacy. From Gulf War I in 1991 to the present day, an incremental but unmistakable acceptance of, and resort to, military dispatches has taken place, and yet crucially, Japan has not morphed into a…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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  • Negotiating the U.S.–Japan Alliance

    Japan Confidential, 1st Edition

    By Yukinori Komine

    In recent years, the U.S.–Japan alliance has marked several anniversaries, including 40 years since the 1969 decision on the reversion of Okinawa. These occasions have provided crucial opportunities to reassess the continuing significance of U.S.–Japan security and diplomatic relations, prompting…

    Hardback – 2016-12-14
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  • Governing Global-City Singapore

    Legacies and Futures After Lee Kuan Yew, 1st Edition

    By Kenneth Paul Tan

    This book provides a detailed analysis of how governance in Singapore has evolved since independence to become what it is today, and what its prospects might be in a post-Lee Kuan Yew future. Firstly, it discusses the question of political leadership, electoral dominance and legislative monopoly in…

    Hardback – 2016-12-13
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  • Illiberal Democracy in Indonesia

    The Ideology of the Family State, 1st Edition

    By David Bourchier

    Illiberal Democracy in Indonesia charts the origins and development of organicist ideologies in Indonesia from the early 20th century to the present. In doing so, it provides a background to the theories and ideology that informed organicist thought, traces key themes in Indonesian history,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • Regional Community Building in East Asia

    Countries in Focus, 1st Edition

    Edited by Lee Lai To, Zarina Othman

    This volume is a collection of papers written by nationals or former nationals of the respective country in ASEAN and Northeast Asia. Unlike other works written by scholars outside ASEAN or East Asia, it offers an insider’s point of view of the 10 ASEAN states, China, Japan and South Korea on…

    Hardback – 2016-08-09
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  • Political Survival and Yasukuni in Japan's Relations with China

    1st Edition

    By Mong Cheung

    What role does the political survival of prime ministers play in Japan’s relations with China over the Yasukuni issue? Three Japanese prime ministers, including Nakasone Yasuhiro, Hashimoto Ryutaro and Abe Shinzo, complied with China’s demands and stopped visiting the controversial Shrine in 1986,…

    Hardback – 2016-07-07
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  • Votes, Party Systems and Democracy in Asia

    1st Edition

    By Jungug Choi

    This book looks at the link between voters and political party systems in Asian democracies, focusing on India, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines. It discusses this link in terms of three distinct elements: the formation of voters preferences, the translation of preferences into votes, and the…

    Paperback – 2016-06-28
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  • The Politics of Nation Building and Citizenship in Singapore

    1st Edition

    By Michael Hill, Kwen Fee Lian

    Since independence in 1965 Singapore has strengthened its own national identity through a conscious process of nation-building and promoting the active role of the citizen within society. Singapore is a state that has firmly rejected welfarism but whose political leaders have maintained that…

    Paperback – 2016-06-01
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  • Institutionalizing East Asia

    Mapping and Reconfiguring Regional Cooperation, 1st Edition

    Edited by Alice D. Ba, Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Sueo Sudo

    Institutional activities have remarkably transformed East Asia, a region once known for the absence of regionalism and regime-building efforts. Yet the dynamics of this Asian institutionalization have remained an understudied area of research. This book offers one of the first scholarly attempts to…

    Hardback – 2016-03-22
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  • Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by Siriporn Wajjwalku, Kong Chong Ho, Osamu Yoshida

    Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia highlights a number of interests which members of ASEAN and Plus Three countries collectively recognize. This set of common interests includes not only economic development but also social development. Written by nationals in their respective…

    Hardback – 2016-02-04
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  • Democratic Development in East Asia

    1st Edition

    By Becky Shelley

    Democratic Development in East Asia explores an important but neglected topic in the literature on democratization in East Asia: the international dimension of democratization. It presents a coherent and comprehensive analysis of the impact of external political, economic and cultural factors on…

    Paperback – 2015-09-10
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  • Chinese Diplomacy and the UN Security Council

    Beyond the Veto, 1st Edition

    By Joel Wuthnow

    China has emerged in the 21st century as a sophisticated, and sometimes contentious, actor in the United Nations Security Council. This is evident in a range of issues, from negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program to efforts to bring peace to Darfur. Yet China’s role as a veto-holding member of the…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
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  • Democracy in Eastern Asia

    Issues, Problems and Challenges in a Region of Diversity, 1st Edition

    Edited by Edmund S. K. Fung, Steven Drakeley

    With the ‘Asian Century’ now upon us, bringing with it many profound economic and political changes to the world order, it is very timely to assess the state of democracy in the Asian region. Focusing on Eastern Asia, this book provides such a review, highlighting lines of connections between the…

    Paperback – 2015-08-04
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  • The Economy-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia

    1st Edition

    Edited by T.J. Pempel

    The dynamics of Northeast Asia have traditionally been considered primarily in military and hard security terms or alternatively along their economic dimensions. This book argues that relations among the states of Northeast Asia are far more comprehensible when the mutually shaping interactions…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Japan and Germany as Regional Actors

    Evaluating Change and Continuity after the Cold War, 1st Edition

    By Alexandra Sakaki

    The end of the Cold War and the bipolar era constituted a significant change in Germany's and Japan's foreign policy settings, granting both countries greater leeway to pursue policies divergent from Washington's strategy. This important book fills a gap in the existing literature by employing an…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Japan's Relations with Southeast Asia

    The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond, 1st Edition

    Edited by Peng Er Lam

    The Fukuda Doctrine has been the official blueprint to Japan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia since 1977. This book examines the Fukuda Doctrine in the context of Japan-Southeast Asia relations, and discusses the possibility of a non-realist approach in the imagining and conduct of…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • New Dynamics in US-China Relations

    Contending for the Asia Pacific, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mingjiang Li, Kalyan M. Kemburi

    Washington’s strategic pivot to Asia and Beijing’s pursuit of new strategic and security interests in the region have led to increasing tensions between the two powers. US leaders have stressed that their increased interest in Asia is driven by a desire to benefit from the thriving regional…

    Hardback – 2014-09-16
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  • Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia

    ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order, 3rd Edition

    By Amitav Acharya

    In this third edition of Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia, Amitav Acharya offers a comprehensive and critical account of the evolution of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) norms and the viability of the ASEAN way of conflict management. Building on the framework…

    Paperback – 2014-03-17
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  • Asia-Pacific Security Dynamics in the Obama Era

    A New World Emerging, 1st Edition

    By S Mahmud Ali

    This book examines the critical changes to the Asia-Pacific security architecture emerging in the context of shifts in the global order as the Obama Administration’s major strategic innovation and likely legacy unfold. The author reviews the state of the international security system during the…

    Paperback – 2014-01-10
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  • New Thinking about the Taiwan Issue

    Theoretical insights into its origins, dynamics, and prospects, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, Dennis V. Hickey

    The "Taiwan question" has long been considered one of the most complicated and explosive issues in global politics. In recent years, however, relations between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland have improved substantially to the surprise of many. In this ground-breaking collection, distinguished…

    Paperback – 2014-01-10
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  • China, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation

    1st Edition

    By Wendy Frieman

    China, Arms Control, and Non-Proliferation is an empirically and conceptually path-breaking book that documents China's participation in international arms control and non-proliferation regimes from 1985 to 2001. The book focuses on the distinction between US expectations of Chinese compliance,…

    Paperback – 2013-07-29
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  • Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan

    From Principle to Pragmatism, 1st Edition

    By Dennis V. Hickey

    Following President Chen Sui-bian’s victory in the controversial 2004 presidential election, this book examines the future direction of Taiwan’s foreign policy, focusing on the internal and external forces that influence and shape the countries foreign policy decisions today. The author suggests…

    Paperback – 2013-03-05
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  • Party Politics in Taiwan

    Party Change and the Democratic Evolution of Taiwan, 1991-2004, 1st Edition

    By Dafydd Fell

    In 1991 Taiwan held its first fully democratic election. This first single volume of party politics in Taiwan analyzes the evolution of party competition in the country, looking at how Taiwan’s parties have adjusted to their new multi-party election environment. It features key chapters on: the…

    Paperback – 2012-11-15
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