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Asian Century… on a Knife-edge

A 360 Degree Analysis of Asia's Recent Economic Development

Authors: West, John

  • Re-evaluates the conventional wisdom that the 21st century belongs to Asia
  • Dissects Asia’s economic, social, political and geopolitical challenges
  • Provides a timely preliminary assessment of the impact of the Trump presidency on Asia
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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
This book delves into the widely held belief that the 21st century will be the "Asian Century" by examining the Asia's rapid economic development in the post-war era and the challenges it faces in forging ahead of world leaders in the West.
The impact of the current turbulent global political climate on Asia is critically analyzed, employing a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, combining economic, social, political and geopolitical perspectives. Written in an accessible style, the book offers students, business, government, and civil society players powerful insights on Asia.


About the authors

John West has had a long career in international economics and relations, with major stints at the Australian Treasury as director of balance of payments, OECD as head of public affairs and director OECD Forum, and Asian Development Bank Institute as senior consultant for capacity building and training. He also taught globalization at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. John is now adjunct professor at Tokyo's Sophia University, contributing editor at FDI-Intelligence, a Financial Times magazine, and executive director of the Asian Century Institute.

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“The user friendly writing style, and good eye for relevant detail and anecdotes, drawn from his long-time observation of the Asian scene, makes the book useful and relevant to policymakers, researchers, academics, students, and those who are concerned about Asia’s future prospects. … The book succeeds in communicating Asia’s inter- related challenges, with insightful sketches of various challenges in Asia’s leading countries.” (Mukul Asher, MyIndMakers, myind.net, March, 2018)


“Not only is it an impressive comparative analysis, but it also provides a very valuable context for understanding the nature of development in any of the particular countries examined. Because of this it is essential reading for policymakers with exposure to the region.” (Seamus Grimes, chinaeconomicreview.com, February, 2018)


“John West has published a new book entitled ‘Asian Century’. It is a must-read for everybody who is anybody! … John West has written a very worthwhile book. His worldview, while very different from mine, is clearly expressed in a very readable fashion. I therefore recommend this book to everyone who is concerned about how the 21st century may progress.” (Frank Li, econintersect.com, February, 2018)

“West’s analysis is timely, insightful, and highly readable. Many recent studies have focused on specific problems, such as Asia’s yawning infrastructure gap and the implications of artificial intelligence and robotics. West paints with a much broader brush. He provides welcome coverage of the trampled rights of ethnic minorities, women, children, and the LGBT community.” (Robert Wihtol, the interpreter, lowyinstitute.org, February, 2018)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    West, John

    Pages 1-15

  • Asia’s Stunted Economic Development

    West, John

    Pages 19-55

  • Asia’s Mythical Middle-Class Society

    West, John

    Pages 57-87

  • Getting Better Value Out of Global Value Chains

    West, John

    Pages 91-123

  • Making the Most of Urbanization’s Potential

    West, John

    Pages 125-151

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-981-10-7182-9
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-7181-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Asian Century… on a Knife-edge
Book Subtitle
A 360 Degree Analysis of Asia's Recent Economic Development
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-7182-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-7182-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-7181-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 335
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