Economic Dynamism in the Asia Pacific: Growth of Integration and Competitiveness

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Economic Dynamism in the Asia Pacific examines the rise of the importance of the Pacific as an economic region, the sources of that rise, its future development and the consequences for the global economy. The chapters establish the extent to which the

Asia-Pacific has developed as a regional system through an analysis of the patterns of integration of the principal economies. The volume reflects on the relationship between the key individual economies of Japan, Korea, China and the United States, and the rest of the regional economy.

The book also discusses the consequences of this dynamic regional economy on the performance and governance of the international economic system.

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With contributions from economists and sociologists from China, Japan, the US, Britain, Australia, and Canada, Thompson (economics, The Open U., UK) provides a valuable understanding of both the rapid growth of this region and its international context. Topics include patterns of trade, investment, and migration; financial systems and monetary integration; women in the labor market; the role of the state in economic development; economic integration; measuring the size of foreign multinationals in the region; East-Asian and Anglo-American business systems; technology systems, innovation, and transfers; and consequences and implications of rapid industrialization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: contours of economic development in the Asia-Pacific 1
Pt. 1 Economic Dynamism Considered 19
Ch. 2 Patterns of trade, investment and migration in the Asia-Pacific region 20
Ch. 3 Growth: its sources and consequences 55
Ch. 4 Financial systems and monetary integration 83
Ch. 5 Engendering the 'economic miracle': the labour market in the Asia-Pacific 112
Ch. 6 The role of the state in economic development 137
Pt. 2 The Processes of Integration 163
Ch. 7 Economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region 163
Ch. 8 Measuring the size of foreign multinationals in the Asia-Pacific 185
Ch. 9 East-Asian and Anglo-American business systems 213
Ch. 10 Technological systems, innovation and transfers 250
Pt. 3 Consequences and Implications 275
Ch. 11 Winners and losers in the Asia-Pacific 276
Ch. 12 The environment, traditional production and population 303
Ch. 13 The Pacific and beyond: APEC, ASEM and regional economic management 335
Ch. 14 Danger and opportunity in the Asia-Pacific 356
Acknowledgements 385
List of Contributors 386
Index 389
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