© 2008 – Routledge
224 pages | 7 B/W Illus.
This edited volume looks at regional integration processes in Asia. Whilst integration in the region, defined as Southeast and East Asia, is not a new process, it has gained momentum in recent years. Two developments have acted as catalysts for integration, first at the economic level the Asian crisis of 1997 has been the watershed for most countries in the region. Ever since, there have been continuing search processes for sovereignty-enhancing types of economic policies, and the region is one location where policy-makers look for new avenues to strengthen the position of their countries. The second major development is the continuing rise of China in the region. Today, China is not only the manufacturing powerhouse of the region, but it increasingly functions as a "benign hegemon" in Asia.
Integration processes in Asia take place at several levels; in trade, finance and security affairs. This book analyses these dimensions of integration and sheds light on the prospects for successful integration. It investigates the puzzling, sometimes contracting trends of co-operation and integration in Asia.
The contributors to this volume look at a theme that is of growing importance to the discipline of political science as much as it is relevant for policy makers. By combing the analysis of the three dimensions of integration, The Evolution of Regionalism in Asia enables readers to gain a broad understanding of the theory and practice of the integration processes.
Part I: Concepts of Regionalism, Interregional Relations and the Role of Specific Players 1. The Evolution of Regionalism in Asia: An introduction Heribert Dieter 2. "Asia, whose Asia?" Evolving Conceptions of an Asian Community from the 1930s till Today David Camroux 3. China’s Rise in Asia: Regional Co-operation and Grand Strategy Thomas G. Moore 4. Japan and the Evolution of Asian Regionalism: Responsible for Three Normative Transformations Takashi Terada Part II: Regionalism in Trade, Finance and Production 5. Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific: Wise or Short-Sighted Policies? Heribert Dieter 6. Responses to Regionalism: Corporate Strategy in East Asia Andrew J. Staples 7. The Future of Monetary Regionalism in Asia: A Joint Currency or Limited Co-operation? Heribert Dieter Part III: Regionalism and Security 8. Trade and Security in East Asia: Political (Non-?) Integration in an Insecure Region Douglas Webber 9. The (in)effectiveness of security regionalism: Comparing ASEAN and the Pacific Islands Forum Derek McDougall 10. Regional Peace through Economic Integration: The Applicability of the European Model in South Asia Golam Robbani