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State, Society and International Relations in Asia brings together a series of research papers on how state and societal actors in selected Asian countries cope with external and domestic pressures to close the productivity - wealth - power gap with the high-income countries of the OECD. The above world average rate of economic expansion of these countries, in combination with their demographic base, is changing the global context of foreign policy action for the United States, as former cold-war hegemon, and the European Union. The general objective of the work is to contribute to a better understanding of how local forces respond to the challenges of catch-up development, on the domestic, regional and global levels. The general objective has been pursued in a series of case studies of Asian countries with different historical legacies, domestic institutions and foreign policy orientations. Despite their differences and current conflicts, they share the objective of catch-up development, through industrialization and urbanization. That objective being shared does not imply convergence of policies and institutions. However, all share the humiliating experience of being dominated by countries that industrialized first, stepped on land uninvited, inflicting huge damage on state and society in the Asian region.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents - 8 Acknowledgments - 10 List of Maps, Tables and Figures - 12 Abbreviations - 14 Introduction - 18 1. Crafting the Modern State: Religion, Family and Military in Japan,China and Korea - 22 2. Nationalism in the Age of Globalisation: The Case of East Asia - 52 3. Domestic Mobility and Elite Rent-Seeking: The Right to Migrate among Provinces and Vietnam's Economic Success Story - 76 4. The State and Ulama in Contemporary Malaysia - 96 5. Counting Votes That Count: A Systemic Analysis of the 2007 Timorese Elections and the Performance of Electoral Institutions - 106 6. The Ongoing Crisis in East-Timor: Analysis of Endogenous and Exogenous Factors - 120 7. Populism in East Asia's New Democracies: An Analysis of the Taiwanese Discourse - 134 8. Dominance of SMEs among Overseas Chinese Business Networks: A Network Structural Approach - 150 9. Building Regional Security Architecture: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation From an Organisational Theories Perspective - 164 10. Regionalism in Asia - 180 11. The Impact of China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement on Textiles and Clothing Sectors of Asian Regions - 196 12. China and the Transformation of the Post-Cold War Geopolitical Order - 216 List of Contributors - 274 Bibliography - 280 Index - 302

Author Biography

Mehdi Parvizi Amineh is senior research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in the Netherlands and professor of international relations at the Webster University, the Netherlands.
Release date Australia
November 1st, 2009
Edited by M.Parvizi Amineh
Country of Publication
Amsterdam University Press
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