Contested Ideas of Regionalism in Asia

Baogang He author


Publisher:Taylor & Francis Ltd

Published:5th Oct '16

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Deepening regionalism in Asia demands new leadership. Strong elites who are committed to a supranational identity are a minimum requirement of successful regionalism. Regional leaders are increasingly seen as a new set of leaders in Europe. Currently, Asian regional leaders largely come from the diplomacy community, or trade and economic sectors. Yet further regionalization demands a new type of leadership from civil society and citizens. In this context it is important to cultivate new regional leadership through the development of regional citizenship.

This book examines contested ideas of regionalism in Asia with a particular focus on two competing ideas of pan-Asianism and Pacificism. It also identifies a new trend and contestation, the fundamental shift from a civilization understanding of regionalism to a technocratic and functional understanding of regionalism in the form of regulatory regionalism. It also examines the other contested imaginations of regionalism in Asia including elitist versus participatory approaches to regionalism, and democracy-centric versus nationalism-centric approaches to regionalism.

'He’s novelty in addressing the Asian regionalism hybrid approaches provides a versatile way of dissecting and analysing the diversity of ideas and values that exist across Asia. The author excels in accommodating the long evolutionary paths of the origins of ideas developed throughout almost a century. It, thus, provides an excellent comprehensive overview of the competing ideas of regionalisms and suggests a blueprint of where we can go from here.'

Sohyun Zoe Lee, London School of Economics and Political Science, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2017

ISBN: 9781138651678

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: 430g

196 pages