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Palgrave Macmillan

Comparing Institution-Building in East Asia

Power Politics, Governance, and Critical Junctures

ISBN 9781137370563
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific

This book explores the causes and implications of the diverse programme of institution-building in East Asia by highlighting political interactions among China, Japan, South Korea, and ASEAN in pursuit of self-interests, the influence of critical juncture in historical trajectory, the representation of policymakers' preferences for political legitimacy in domestic politics, and the involvement of researchers for regional governance formation.

Examining two processes of initiating and developing multilateral institutions in five policy areas: trade, finance, food security, energy security, and the environment, Yoshimatsu argues that while Japan initiated the formation of regional institutions and made efforts to upgrade them, China exerted decisive power in determining the degree and direction of the upgrading of regional institutions. Contingent crises or events had significant influences upon institution-building in most cases, but the influence of researchers was generally limited due to close linkages with governmental actors and the lack of internal cohesion.

Hidetaka Yoshimatsu is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. He specializes in trade policy and regionalism in East Asia with publication in numerous journals, including Asian Survey, Pacific Review, New Political Economy, and Review of International Political Economy.

1. Introduction
2. Frameworks for Analysing Institution-Building in East Asia
3. Promoting Trade Liberalisation through Free Trade Agreements
4. Developing Institutions for Regional Financial Stability
5. Food Security Cooperation through Emergency Rice Reserve
6. Energy Security Cooperation under ASEAN+3
7. Environmental Cooperation: The Monitoring of Transboundary Air Pollution
8. Conclusion


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