Politics in Pacific Asia An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0230521789
ISBN-13: 9780230521780
Edition: 2009
Authors: Xiaoming Huang
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List price: $32.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 4/21/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Using China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines as core examples throughout, this text provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the politics of an increasingly significant and dynamic region of the contemporary world.

List of Illustrative Material
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Preface
Introduction
What are Pacific Asian politics?
Pattern and dynamics of Pacific Asian Politics
Pacific Asian politics in a comparative context
The field of study
How to use this text
The historical context
Early state formation
The centralized state model
The fragmented state model
The court-village structure
Models of European colonia rule and 'colonial modernity'
Nationalism in the early twentieth century
Pluralist politics in early post-war Pacific Asia, and why it failed
Leninist party-states, military
regimes and single-party dominant states
Transformation of the Cold War regimes
'All roads lead to Rome'?
States and the political executive
The institutional and cultural foundations of state dominance
Types of states in Pacific Asia
Constitutions and the problem of legitimacy
Organization of the executive branch
Federal states without federalism
Faces of unitary states
The vertical administrative control model
Decentralization and devolution
Government, legislatures and judiciaries
Forms of government
Presidential systems
Parlimentary systems
Parliaments, congresses and people's congresses
Semi-presidential systems
Other forms of government
Parliaments, congresses and people's congresses
The making of law
Membership in the legislature
Rule of law and rule by law
Legislative powers over the executive
Supreme courts and constitutional courts
Judicial review and judicial activism
One state or three branches?
Grand political alliances: the fourth branch of government?
Limits of executive dominance
The politics of bureaucracy
From emprerors' servants to public servants
The best and the brightest: bureaucracy as a social class
Bureaucracy and the political executive
Authority delegation and bureaucratic insulation: bureaucracy as an organizational weapon of the state
The Weberian ideal and Pacific Asian practices: patrimonialism and corruption
How political liberalization reduces the power of the bureautcracy
Pressures for reform
How Pacific Asia Measures up in good governance
Public sector reforms: 'paradigm shifts or business as usual?'
The state and the economy
The developmental state
Economic activism
Across the boundaries
How governments govern the market
Industrial policy
Growth alliance and 'Japan, Inc.'
Rent deployment and rent seeking
Constraints on state power
Does law matter for economic development?
An Asian model of economic development?
Growing out of the model
Parties and elections
Party systems in Pacific Asia
Catch-all parties and corporatist parties
Party structures
Candidate selection procedures
Membership, recruitment and grassroots organization
Factionalism and regionalism
Party funding and money politics
Party system reforms
Electoral systems in Pacific Asia
The model for LDP dominance
Electoral rules in non-pluralist states
Elections and mass integration
Electoral reforms: trends and debates
Electoral rules, party politics and political order
Participation and power
State and society
Being a politically active citizen in Pacific Asian countries
Methods of political participation and action
'People power' revolutions
Becoming a politician
How a politician generates and sustains political support
Who are the elites?
How elites influence politics and government
State co-option and accommodation of elites
Civil society in Pacific Asia
The civil society debate
Types of civil society and the roles of each
The ambiguity of the middle class
Labour unions, labour subordination and the labour movement
Ideologies, identities and political communication
Political ideologies and political action in Pacific Asia
Communism, socialism and Asian societies
Capitalism, the market economy and global expansion
Democracy and the politics of democratization
Identity and identity politics
Gender and social inequality
Ethnicity and the nation-state
The Malaysian model
The Singaporean model
The Chinese state and ethinic minorities
Chinese civilization and the cultural identities of 'Confucian' societies
National identity and states
Korea and Taiwan: nation and state
The role of the media in Pacific Asian politics
Politics of the internet
The international media
Modernization and democracy: is there an Asian way?
Modern state building in Pacific Asia
'Nation, religion and king'
The role of religion in Pacific Asian politics
Confucianism and a moral political order
The family as a model of governance
The military as the guardians of the state
When democracy becomes' Asian'
Democratic institutions and political structure
Development and democracy
The problem of illiberal democracy
The politics of human rights
Is there an Asian way of governance?
The Asian values debate
Theories of multiple modernities
Globalization, regionalism and the myth of the Asian century
External forces and domestic politics
The principle and practices of sovereignty in Pacific Asia
The regional interstate system before the Second World War
Asian states and international society
Post-war bipolar structure and the 'flying geese' pattern
Why is there no Asian Union?
Effects of the international structure
Globalization and Asian politics
Asian states in the international system
The myth of an Asian century
References
Index

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