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The Political Economy of Asian Regionalism

  • Giovanni Capannelli
  • Masahiro Kawai
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Giovanni Capannelli, Masahiro Kawai
    Pages 1-18
  3. Shujiro Urata
    Pages 59-83
  4. Philippa Dee, Anne McNaughton
    Pages 105-142
  5. Giovanni Capannelli, See Seng Tan
    Pages 143-167
  6. Nagesh Kumar
    Pages 169-184
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 185-193

About these proceedings


This book contributes to the theoretical and empirical literature on Asian regionalism, with a focus on the innovations needed to reform the current institutional architecture in Asia. After reviewing the key issues and challenges related to the political economy of Asia’s economic cooperation and integration, the book discusses various aspects of regionalism from political and economic perspectives. It looks at the rationale for regional collective action and reviews the trend of economic integration with a focus on the implications of the global financial crisis. In addition to reviewing the key issues related to the development of regional institutions for integration, the book analyzes issues such as trade and finance and deals with the implications of regionalism in terms of the introduction of domestic reforms in Asian countries before discussing the possible formation of a region-wide economic community. The eight chapters of the book are based on respective papers initially prepared for the Asian Development Bank Institute Conference  2010.


Asian integration and cooperation Asian regionalism Asia’s institutional architecture Creation of an Asian economic community Regional cooperation in trade and finance

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Capannelli
    • 1
  • Masahiro Kawai
    • 2
  1. 1.Asian Development Bank InstituteChiyoda-kuJapan
  2. 2.Asian Development Bank InstituteChiyoda-kuJapan

About the editors


Masahiro Kawai is the Asian Development Bank Institute’s dean and CEO. He was previously special advisor to the Asian Development Bank president in charge of regional economic cooperation and integration. Before that he was in academia, first as an associate professor of economics at The Johns Hopkins University and later as a professor of economics at the University of Tokyo. He also served as chief economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific region and as deputy vice minister for international affairs of Japan’s Ministry of Finance. His publications focus on economic regionalism. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Tokyo and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

Giovanni Capannelli is special adviser to the dean at the Asian Development Bank Institute. He was previously principal economist at the Asian Development Bank Institute and in the Asian Development Bank’s office of regional economic integration. His research work focuses on Asian economic development and regional integration. Prior to joining the Asian Development Bank in 2002, he was a faculty member of the Asia–Europe Institute, University of Malaya, and worked for the Tokyo delegation of the Bank of Italy. He is an economics graduate of Bocconi University, Milan, and holds a master’s degree and PhD in economics from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

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