Politics in Pacific Asia: An Introduction

Politics in Pacific Asia: An Introduction

Paperback Comparative Government and Politics (Paperback)

By (author) Xiaoming Huang

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 244mm x 18mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230521789
  • ISBN 13: 9780230521780
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 7 maps, 2 charts, 9 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 180,492

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This lively and accessible new text 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.

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XIAOMING HUANG is Professor of International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Review quote

'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

Table of contents

Introduction The Historical Context States and Political Executive Government, Legislatures, Judiciaries The Politics of Bureaucracy The State and the Economy Parties and Elections Participation and Power Ideologies, Identities and Political Communication Globalization, Regionalism and the Myth of an Asian Century Conclusion