This lively and accessible new edition provides a uniquely broad-ranging introduction to the governance and politics of Pacific Asia.
Thematically structured around the key institutions and issues, it is genuinely comparative in its approach to the whole region. A range of representative countries (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) are used as key case examples throughout and each of them is subject to a detailed full-page country profile.
Key features include:
• 'Pacific Asia in Context' – comparisons with other parts of the world
• 'Country Profiles' – essential facts on Pacific Asian countries
• Boxed, on-page definitions for key terms
• Annotated lists of further reading for each chapter
• Study questions for each chapter
This diverse region is a fascinating area for study. Politics in Pacific Asia provides a framework to form a coherent understanding of the region's politics; it balances persistent patterns with the latest developments and general characteristics with the differing cultures, histories and institutions of individual countries.
About the Author
JASON YOUNG is Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
1. Political Traditions in Pacific Asia
2. Building the Modern State
3. Types of States in Pacific Asia
4. Organization of Government
5. In the Name of the State: Bureaucracy and public service
6. The State and the Economy
7. Political Parties, Elections and Political Order
8. Political Society: Power, participation and advocacy
9. Nation and State: Ethnicity, religion and culture
10. Pacific Asia and the World
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Lively, accessible and stimulating... it sets a new benchmark for textbook writing. If there is a prize for the best textbook on Asian politics, one may not need to look beyond this volume for a winner.' - Political Science