Markets, States and Civil Society in Asia Pacific: The Political Economy of Asia Pacific Vol I

Joseph A. Camilleri, States, Markets and Civil Society in Asia Pacific: The Political Economy of Asia Pacific Vol I, Aldershot, UK: Edward Elgar, 2000, xvi + 475 pp.

The twin processes of integration and fragmentation have been the distinguishing features of contemporary globalization. Nowhere is this more strikingly evident than in the Asia Pacific. 

This first volume of a two-volume study concentrates on the geopolitical and economic transformation of Asia Pacific. It focuses on the complex relationship between the decline of ideological bipolarity, the rapid industrialization of East Asia and the tensions generated by the shifting balance of regional and global economic interests.

Particular attention is devoted to the three major powers (the United States, China and Japan) and to a number of small and middle powers in particular Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia and Canada. Underpinning the entire analysis is the complex interplay of geopolitics, economy and culture.

States, Markets and Civil Society in Asia Pacific is essential reading for scholars and researchers of Asia Pacific politics and economy. The coherent analysis will also ensure the books appeal to those in NGOs and government agencies affected by, or working in, the region.


1. Geopolitical Change: From the Nixon Doctrine to the End of the Cold War

2. East Asia’s Economic Transformation

3. From Hegemony to Competitive Interdependence

4. Periphery and Semi-Periphery: In Search of a New Equilibrium

5. State, Economy and Civil Society

6. Concluding Reflections