Pacific-Asia and the Future of the World-System

Pacific-Asia and the Future of the World-System

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By the late 1970s, scholars and journalists were quick to proclaim the dawn of a new era--the Age of the Pacific. The 1980s--with the economic growth of Japan and the Four Dragons, the industrialization of several Southeast Asian states, the growth of new industries on the West Coast of North America and decline of industry in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast, and the collapse of centrally planned economies--seemed to confirm this prognosis. Yet, despite consensus on these issues, there are still questions regarding the future directions of an impending Pacific Century. This contributed volume considers those questions from a world-historical perspective, with one chapter from the viewpoint of a friendly critic of that perspective. The work opens with an introductory section, including Palat's introductory overview and a consideration of the amorphous nature of the term Pacific Rim. Part II continues to analyze the changing patterns of the relational networks along Asia's Pacific parimeters as integral parts of the ongoing restructuring of the capitalist world-economy, while Part III examines the individual trajectories of two Asian giants--India and China.
The final section explores how changes in the patterning of production processes have contoured the nature of antisystemic movements in the 1980s.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 14.22mm | 485.34g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0313284016
  • 9780313284014

Table of contents

Recasting Pacific-Asia Introduction: The Making and Unmaking of Pacific-Asia by Ravi Arvind Palat Political Economy of the Pacific Rim by Bruce Cumings Changing Contours of Production Networks The Rise of East Asia: One Miracle or Many? by G. Arrighi, S. Ikeda and A. Irwan International Subcontracting and Global Capitalism: Reshaping the Pacific Rim by Gary Gereffi Strategies of Economic Ascendants for Access to Raw Materials: A Comparison of the U.S. and Japan by Stephen Bunker & Denis O'Hearn Agro-Food Restructuring in the Pacific Rim: A Comparative-International Perspective on Japan, S. Korea, the United States, Australia and Thailand by Philip McMichael Politics of the Interstate System Transition in the Era of U.S. Hegemony: Indian State Expansion and World-Systems Analysis by Sankaran Krishna Ascent through National Integration: The Chinese Triangle of Mainland-Taiwan-Hong Kong by Hsin-Huang, Michael Hsiao and Alvin Y. So Antisystemic Movements The Social and Political Consequences of Chinese Reform: The Road to Tiananmen by Mark Selden Democratic Devolutions: East Asian Democratization in Comparative Perspective by Robert Schaeffer Index Bibliography Index
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About Ravi Arvind Palat

RAVI ARVIND PALAT is Assistant Professor in the Asian Studies Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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