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Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism

Edited by Mark Beeson, Richard Stubbs

© 2012 – Routledge

488 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism is a definitive introduction to, and analysis of, the development of regionalism in Asia, including coverage of East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The contributors engage in a comprehensive exploration of what is arguably the most dynamic and important region in the world. Significantly, this volume addresses the multiple manifestations of regionalism in Asia and is consequently organised thematically under the headings of:

  • conceptualizing the region
  • economic issues
  • political issues
  • strategic issues
  • regional organizations

As such, the Handbook presents some of the key elements of the competing interpretations of this important and highly contested topic, giving the reader a chance to evaluate not just where Asian regionalism is going but also how the scholarship on Asian regionalism is analysing these trends and events.

This book will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and regionalism.


'Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs have assembled a who-is-who of scholars working on Asian regionalism. This handbook gives an up-to-date survey of a subject of enormous consequence for world politics that will be extremely useful for all working in this field of scholarship.' Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

'Beeson and Stubbs’ important volume brings together a group of leading specialists on Asia-Pacific regionalism. It is distinguished not just by the breadth of its coverage of regional institutions—both economic and security—but of the context in which they have evolved and the main challenges they face.' Professor John Ravenhill, Australian National University

'One of the greatest merits of the handbook is not only its coverage of all crucial issues but also its inclusion of topics that are usually side-lined in IR-focused works on regionalism. For example, it is of great value that the reader finds a historical contextualisation of China’s role in the region (David Kang)… Readers of this volume will certainly be well equipped to “get Asia right” by understanding processes of cooperation in East Asia in a highly informed and critical way.' - Torsten Weber, University of Freiburg; Journal of International and Global Studies Volume 4, Number 1, November 2012.

'There was a time, not long ago, when international relations scholars thought of European regionalism as the model for the rest of the world, and gave only a passing and dismissive notice to the emerging regionalism of Asia. This book is a powerful reminder of how and why times have changed. It offers an outstanding example of serious scholarship that is substantive but not celebratory, capturing the diversity of perspectives which nonetheless hold together to move the study of Asian regionalism to the next level.' Amitav Acharya, Professor of International Relations and UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, American University, Washington D.C.

'While Asian countries have been slow to embrace regional institutions due to the region’s unique history, geography, culture, socio-economic and political development, and geopolitical relations, regionalism has occurred and developed with some distinctive organizational features in the recent decades. The Routlege Handbook of Asian Regionalism is a remarkable tour de force by leading scholars on this important development. In one volume, the reader will have not only an overview of the historical evolution of Asian regionalism but also a compelling presentation of dynamical issue areas of regional cooperation and institutional building efforts.' Suisheng Zhao, Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Editor of Journal of Contemporary China

'This is an impressive book – comprehensive in scope with contributions from the leading figures in the study of the region it should become a "one stop shop" for students of regionalism in Asia. In combination, the chapters lead the reader through not just the different regional organisations and forums, but also through the political, economic, strategic and historical contexts that underpin contemporary debates.' Professor Shaun Breslin, Director, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick, UK

"The Routledge handbooks are usually excellent and comprehensive, and this is no exception; clearly, the bar is always high for editors and contributors in general." - Yves Laberge, Sociologist and Historian, Québec; Air Force Research Institute.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs Part I: Conceptualizing the Asian region 1. Theories of Regionalism, Fredrik Söderbaum 2. East Asian Regionalism, Gilbert Rozman 3. The Shift to the Modern World in East Asia: War, Memory and Regional Identity, Peter Preston 4. A Non-Eurocentric Global History of Asia, John M. Hobson 5. East Asia when China was at the Center: The tribute system in early modern East Asia, David Kang Part II: Economic issues 6. The Significance of the Overseas Chinese in East Asia, Gordon C. K. Cheung 7. The Developmental State and Asian Regionalism, Richard Stubbs 8. What is driving the internationalization of Asia’s Business Groups? Michael Carney 9. Trade integration in Asia, Heribert Dieter 10. Regional Financial Cooperation, Saori N. Katada 11. China-ASEAN Relations: The Core of Asian Regionalism, Nicholas Thomas Part III: Political issues 12. Asia, ASEAN and the Question of Sovereignty: The Persistence of Non-Intervention in the Asia Pacific, Shaun Narine 13. The ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) as Authentic Social Forum Regional Civil Society Networking for an Alternative Regionalism, Helen E. S. Nesadurai 14. Regulatory Regionalism in Asia, Shahar Hameiri and Kanishka Jayasuriya 15. Corruption in East Asia, Howard Dick 16. Social Policy in East Asia, M Ramesh 17. Asian Regionalism and Human Rights: The case of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, Anthony J. Langlois 18. Asian Regionalism and Law: The Continuing Contribution of ‘Legal Pluralism’, Michael Dowdle 19. Democracy, Development and Authoritarianism, Mark Beeson Part IV: Strategic issues 20. The Rise of China and East Asian Regionalism, Min Ye 21. Regional Leadership in East Asia: Japan and China as Contenders, Christopher M. Dent 22. Perspectives in Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Sorpong Peou 23. Comprehensive Security in East Asia, Ralf Emmers 24. Regionalising environmental security in Asia, Lorraine Elliott 25. Non-Traditional Security, Alan Collins Part V: Organizations 26. ASEAN, Anja Jetschke 27. The ASEAN Regional Forum: Challenges and Prospects, Takeshi Yuzawa 28. APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Nick Bisley 29. ASEAN Plus Three Becoming more like a normal regionalism? Takashi Terada 30. The East Asia Summit: Pan-Asian Multilateralism rather than Intra-Asian Regionalism, David Camroux 31. Phases in the Development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Chien-peng Chung 32. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Julie Gilson 33. Dynamics of South Asian Regionalism, Kishore C. Dash Conclusion: The Future of Asian Regionalism, Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
REFERENCE / Handbooks & Manuals
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General