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Reforming Economic Systems in Asia

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Reforming Economic Systems in Asia

A Comparative Analysis of China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand

9781840648454 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by the late Maria Weber, former Associate Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Publication Date: 2002 ISBN: 978 1 84064 845 4 Extent: 240 pp
After the 1997 Asian crisis, most Asian countries embarked on a serious process of reform to revitalise their economies. This highly topical book begins with a thorough analysis of the reforms proposed and implemented in China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. This analysis focuses on financial and corporate sector reforms and on the changing role of public administrations. The authors argue that the chain effects of the Asian crisis are not only confined to a regional economic context: the evolution of the role of regional associations and of the security scenario in East Asia outlines the beginning of a deep and comprehensive political, economic and social change.

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After the 1997 Asian crisis, most Asian countries embarked on a serious process of reform to revitalise their economies. This highly topical book begins with a thorough analysis of the reforms proposed and implemented in China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. This analysis focuses on financial and corporate sector reforms and on the changing role of public administrations. The authors argue that the chain effects of the Asian crisis are not only confined to a regional economic context: the evolution of the role of regional associations and of the security scenario in East Asia outlines the beginning of a deep and comprehensive political, economic and social change.

Leading scholars with in-depth knowledge of each country focus on these international variables, in particular; the role of APEC in the wake of the Asian crisis and the Seattle debacle, the process of economic integration in East Asia and the evolution in East Asian regional security.

As a multidisciplinary work, Reforming Economic Systems in Asia will be warmly received by researchers and academics of Asian studies, political science and political economy. Anyone involved in international business and in designing strategies for international enterprises will also find this book of special interest.
Critical Acclaim
‘I would recommend this book as a very useful introduction to: contemporary reforms being implemented across the region in the wake of the traumatic financial and economic crisis of 1997/98.’
– Charles Harvie, The Journal of the Korean Economy
Contributors
Contributors: V.K. Aggarwal, V. Molini, C. Molteni, S. Paladini, M. Plummer, R. Rabellotti, R. Scollay, B. Trivellato, M.J. Trombetta, M. Weber
Contents
Contents: 1. China: Old and New Challenges 2. Structural Reforms in Japan: The Attempt to Transform the Country’s Economic System 3. Something New, Something Old: The South Korean Economy after the Financial Crisis 4. Economic and Policy Convergence in ASEAN: Malaysia and Thailand Compared 5. New Impulses Towards Economic Integration in East Asia: Prospects and Issues 6. APEC and Trade Liberalisation after Seattle: Transregionalism without a Cause? 7. Shifts in East Asia Regional Security: Old Issues and New Events Amidst Multilateral-Bilateral Tensions 8. Conclusion Index
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