Politics in Pacific Asia

An Introduction

by Xiaoming Huang

About this book

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.

About the author

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

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