Financial Liberalization and the Asian Crisis

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Overview

The financial crisis that hit a number of economies of Asia in 1997 shocked the world. Financial Liberalization and the Asian Crisis rejects conventional explanations of the crisis as the outcome primarily of inefficient and corrupt economic systems in the countries concerned. It argues that the crisis was the result of premature and overly rapid financial liberalization in a world of increasing liquidity and volatility, and calls for a more cautious approach to financial liberalization, and reform of the international financial architecture.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780333921586
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ha-Joon Chang is Assistant Director of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Politics, Gabriel Palma is Lecturer in Economics, Faculty of Economics and Politics, and D. Hugh Whittaker is Reader in Japanese and Comparative Economic Sociology and Assistant Director of ESRC Center for Business Research, all at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Economic Crisis in East Asia: The Clash of Capitalisms 8
3 Capital Market Crises: Liberalization, Fixed Exchange Rates and Market-driven Destabilization 21
4 Derivatives and Global Capital Flows: Applications to Asia 40
5 From 'Miracle' to 'Cronyism': Explaining the Great Asian Slump 63
6 Thailand's Crisis: Neo-Liberal Agenda and Local Reaction 82
7 Malaysian Debacle: Whose Fault? 102
8 Indonesia: From Showcase to Basket Case 124
9 Interpreting the Korean Crisis: Financial Liberalization, Industrial Policy and Corporate Governance 140
10 Fashioning a New Korean Model out of the Crisis: The Rebuilding of Institutional Capabilities 156
11 Japan's Crisis: Evolution and Implications 175
12 Responses to the Crisis: Constraints to Rapid Trade Adjustment in East Asia's Electronics Industry 190
13 Asian Crisis and the Future of the Japanese Model 215
14 The Economic Impact of the Asian Crisis on India and China 237
15 Three-and-a-half Cycles of 'Mania, Panic, and [Asymmetric] Crash': East Asia and Latin America Compared 254
Index 287
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