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Regionalism In The New Asia-Pacific Order

The Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region, Volume II

Joseph A. Camilleri

Joseph A. Camilleri, Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

2003 432 pp Hardback 978 1 85898 835 1
2005 Paperback 978 1 84542 235 6
ebook isbn 978 1 78195 798 1

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‘In the face of international developments, globalization in particular, regionalism has become increasingly important in world politics and has re-emerged once again in academic interest. Yet there is still much confusion about what regionalism means and what it implies. This is especially so about Asian regionalism. Joseph Camilleri’s truly magisterial study of the political economy of regionalism in Asia deals systematically and comprehensively with Asian regionalism in its various forms and shifting dimensions and argues logically and clearly its conclusions. Reflecting the author's depth of scholarship, it will remain for a long time an essential reference on regionalism in Asia but it also offers critical lessons for the study of regionalism elsewhere in the world.’
– Stuart F. Harris, The Australian National University, Australia

Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific is a complex, diverse, highly contested and still rapidly evolving phenomenon. Crucial to an understanding of this phenomenon is the relationship between globalization and regionalization, between states, markets and civil society, and between US hegemony and Asian aspirations.

Contents
Contents: Preface 1. Conceptualizing Region and Regionalism 2. Asia-Pacific as Region 3. Regionalism in the Era of Bipolarity 4. ASEAN: Transition to the New Regionalism 5. Multilateral Responses to Competitive Interdependence 6. Limits of the New Regionalism 7. ASEAN: The Challenges of Adaptation 8. Multilateralism by Other Means 9. Clash or Dialogue of Civilizations? State and Civil Society 10. Comprehensive Security: An Emerging Architecture for Asia Pacific Bibliography Index

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‘. . . it is hard to think of a better or more comprehensive general introduction to what is still likely to prove to be the most important region in the world. . . the two volumes are likely to set an imposing benchmark for similar studies for some time to come.’
– Mark Beeson, Labour and Industry

‘. . . this sequel to States, Markets and Civil Society in Asia Pacific can be distinguished from most of its competitors by its conceptual richness, analytical depth and empirical informativeness. Its comprehensive coverage of fields including economics, politics, regional security and socio-cultural interactions, its long time frame – which Camilleri calls “evolutionary perspective” – and the wide range of regional and subregional settings it examines, including the Asia-Pacific (through APEC) and Southeast Asia (through ASEAN), set this volume apart in the literature.’
– Takashi Terada, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies

‘The book is remarkable in both breadth and depth. It is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of regionalism in the Asia-Pacific region. . . it is essential to understanding regionalism, especially because globalization itself has been under various challenges.’
– Jian Yang, New Zealand International Review

‘It is an intellectual tour-de-force for which Joe must be very proud and we must be very grateful. It provides us with the benchmark for auditing current and prospective developments with respect to regional security cooperation, for assessing the relative strengths of the contradictory dynamics and understanding the processes which resolve this tension in the production of responses and outcomes, and ultimately for confirming the veracity of alternative reconstructions and the analytical power and perspicacity of their respective architects.’
– Desmond Ball, Australian National University, Australia

‘In the face of international developments, globalization in particular, regionalism has become increasingly important in world politics and has re-emerged once again in academic interest. Yet there is still much confusion about what regionalism means and what it implies. This is especially so about Asian regionalism. Joseph Camilleri’s truly magisterial study of the political economy of regionalism in Asia deals systematically and comprehensively with Asian regionalism in its various forms and shifting dimensions and argues logically and clearly its conclusions. Reflecting the author's depth of scholarship, it will remain for a long time an essential reference on regionalism in Asia but it also offers critical lessons for the study of regionalism elsewhere in the world.’
– Stuart F. Harris, The Australian National University, Australia

Acclaim for volume I:

‘. . . this is indeed an outstanding book which ought to be read by all who are interested in the political economy of the Asia-Pacific region. I look forward to Camilleri’s second volume on the development of multilateral approaches to economics and security co-operation in Asia-Pacific.’
– Peng Er Lam, Asia Pacific Journal of Management

Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific is a complex, diverse, highly contested and still rapidly evolving phenomenon. Crucial to an understanding of this phenomenon is the relationship between globalization and regionalization, between states, markets and civil society, and between US hegemony and Asian aspirations.

This volume, the sequel to States, Markets and Civil Society in Asia Pacific, makes these interacting relationships the centrepiece of its analysis. It examines the multiple attempts at institutional innovation, especially over the last twenty years, by placing them in their geo-political, geo-economic and cultural contexts. ASEAN, the ASEAN Regional Forum, APEC, ASEAN+3, ASEM, sub-regional economic zones, KEDO, CSCAP and other organizations are surveyed not as ends in themselves but for what they tell us of shifting political, economic and normative trends in Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Comparing and contrasting the roles of great and middle powers, of state and non-state actors, and of governmental and non-governmental regional organizations, this book will appeal to scholars with an interest in the political economy of the Asia-Pacific region, international relations, and regional and global governance. Regionalism in the New Pacific Order will be invaluable to policymakers, diplomats, business analysts, journalists, NGO representatives, and researchers with a stake in the future development of the Asia-Pacific region.



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