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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Politics in Pacific Asia

An Introduction

ISBN 9780230521773
Publication Date May 2009
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Comparative Government and Politics

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.

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

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


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
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