The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations

The Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations

by Emil Kirchner

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The Handbook provides a comprehensive range of contributions on the relations between the EU and Asia - two regions undergoing significant changes internally yet also developing stronger relations in the context of an emerging multi-polar world. It collates some 40 contributions from various disciplines by contributors from throughout the world.


The Handbook provides a comprehensive range of contributions on the relations between the EU and Asia - two regions undergoing significant changes internally yet also developing stronger relations in the context of an emerging multi-polar world. It collates some 40 contributions from various disciplines by contributors from throughout the world.

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'For all the talk of globalisation, Europe and Asia remind us that regions continue to matter enormously. What we have lacked thus far, however, is a detailed analysis of their interaction and comparative development. This wide-ranging, comprehensive and authoritative volume brings together an impressive group of regional specialists to produce what will be the definitive statement on EU-Asia relations for the foreseeable future.' Mark Beeson, Winthrop Professor in Political Science and International Relations, The University of Western Australia, Australia

'This handbook is a first of its kind. Based upon a series of preparatory conferences and workshops, about 50 scholars from various disciplines tackled the many aspects of EU-Asia relations. The result is a comprehensive volume that serves as an impressive introduction and indispensable resource for anyone interested in the inter-regional relations between Europe and Asia.' Professor Luk Van Langenhove, Director of the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Brugges, Belgium

'This impressive Handbook is destined to become the standard reference book for anyone with an interest in EU-Asia relations. The thirty-nine chapters in the volume cover different dimensions of these relations, set against the backdrop of wider global developments. The editors have commendably resisted any attempts to simplify the key drivers of mutual relations by acknowledging that different factors generate cooperation or conflict between the two sides. The result is a handbook that is critical but ultimately balanced. The contributors, who are both Europe and Asia-based, are not only prominent scholars in their own rights but collectively represent the cream of an expanding network of scholars, proving that the days of EU and Asian scholars talking past each other are well and truly over. This Handbook will serve to inspire the next generation of EU-Asia scholars'. Simon Duke, Professor, European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, Netherlands

'It is natural for EU and Asia to strengthen their relation in several fields under the recent globalization. Moreover, it is much more important to consider roles of two regions (EU and Asia) and their cooperation in the current global situation where the United States has no longer enough governance over itself and the rest of world. This volume conducts comprehensive and insightful studies regarding not only EU-Asia relations in the future but also their impacts on the globalized society.' Professor Eiji Ogawa, Hitotsubashi University and EU Studies Institute in Tokyo, Japan

'This volume is a cutting-edge collection of articles on the relations between Europe and Asia. It epitomises and brings to life, the rich cross-fertilizations of three sets of literature that started interacting intensively - along with Asia and the EU - in the 21st century: European integration, Asian regionalism and inter-regionalism . The editors should be congratulated for having assembled such an impressive cast of leading scholars, journalists and policy analysts across Europe, Asia and the Pacific to examine the various issues and questions that animate the dense and growing political, economic and cultural linkages between Europe and Asia.The book offers an original framework for making sense of the myriad interactions between a rising Asia and an EU that is not yet past its prime, and is likely to be an invaluable reference for scholars and students of European integration, Asian regionalism, inter-regional cooperation and global governance for many years to come.' Reuben Wong, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore, Singapore

'This is an exceptional compilation that provides for the first time ever a comprehensive, systematic approach to capturing the blossoming and rapidly expanding field of EU Asia relations. Combining the perspectives of academics and practitioners in one volume, this is a 'must-have' for any one dealing with EU Asia relations.' May-Britt U. Stumbaum, NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU" BMBF-Initiative "Europa von Außen (EvA), Department of Political and Social Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

'By raising research questions this volume is an invaluable contributor to further research in the area and by providing in-depth analysis of numerous issues surrounding the relationship it is an important reference for those who seek to understand the mutual ties. Overall, the Palgrave Handbook of EU-Asia Relations constitutes a great contribution to the existing publications on EU-Asia relations.' Julia Marie Ewert, EU-Asia Centre

'This book is a long overdue and welcome contribution to the emerging field of EU-Asia studies and bears definite testimony to the observation that the EU-Asia relationship is outgrowing the Cinderella status in imaginary propositions of trilateral relations between the US, Europe and Asia. What ensues in terms of content is a mix of theoretically and policy informed chapters tracking and explaining the evolution of cooperation and competition between these two regions. The book is unique in that it approaches EU-Asia relations, for the first time, in a comprehensive manner and brings together a group of no less than 49 prominent authors of different backgrounds and nationalities.' East Asia Integration Studies

'the book is a true treasure-trove of contemporary information on EU-Asia relations' Nicholas Peeters, East Asia Integration Studies

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Meet the Author

Thomas Christiansen is Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutional Politics and Co-Director of the MAastricht Centre for European Governance (MCEG), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, UK.
Emil Kirchner is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration, Department of Government, University of Essex, UK. he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2002, and and was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2009.

Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds honorary positions at the Institute for International Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; UNU-CRIS, Brugge, Belgium; the College of Europe, Brugge, Belgium and the NCRE at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Professor Murray has recently been appointed Research Director on Regional Governance in the new EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges at the University of Melbourne.

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