This book examines regional dynamics in contemporary east and southeast Asia, scrutinizing the effects of Japanese dominance on the politics, economics, and cultures of the area. The contributors ask whether Japan has now attained, through sheer economic power and its political and cultural consequences, the predominance it once sought by overtly military means.
The discussion is framed by the profound changes of the past decade. Since the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, regional dynamics increasingly shape international and national developments. This volume places Japan's role in Asian regionalism in a broader comparative perspective with European regionalism and the role Germany plays. It assesses the competitive logics of continental and coastal primacy in China. In starkest form, the question addressed is whether Chinese or Japanese domination of the Asian region is more likely.
Between a neo-mercantilist emphasis on the world's movement toward relatively closed regional blocs and an opposing liberal view that global markets are creating convergent pressures across all national boundaries and regional divides, this book takes a middle position. Asian regionalism is identified by two intersecting developments: Japanese economic penetration of Asian supplier networks through a system of production alliances, and the emergence of a pan-Pacific trading region that includes both Asia and North America. The contributors emphasize factors that are creating an Asia marked by multiple centers of influence, including China and the United States.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"Remarkably coherent and thoughtful.... Intellectually solid and lively essays.... Begins and ends with a bang.... Network Power contributes enormously to the field of Japanese studies.... It is must-reading for those interested not only in area studies of Japan and Asia, but also in the diverse, complex processes of regionalization and regionalism."* Journal of Japanese Studies *
"A crucial issue in the nature of regional integration is the terms under which the integration process takes place. This edited volume explores this issue by focusing on the character of Asian regionalism and the economic, security, political and cultural aspects of Japanese power and leadership roles in Asian regionalism... The result is an excellent book that extends our empirical knowledge of network-style integration and power, and provides an exceptionally valuable springboard for further debate on this important topic."* Asian Studies Review *
"Network Power brings together a rich and diverse range of scholarly approaches that will stimulate new ideas and debate."-- Andrew MacIntyre, University of California, San Diego
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