Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim, term used to describe the nations bordering the Pacific Ocean and the island countries situated in it. In the post–World War II era, the Pacific Rim has become an increasingly important and interconnected economic region. The economic growth of the west coast of the United States has coincided with Japan's emergence as an economic superpower and with the rise of highly developed industrial economies in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong are all world financial centers. Twenty-one Pacific Rim nations, including the United States and Canada, are members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which was established in 1989 to provide a forum for discussion on a broad range of economic issues, to encourage economic cooperation, and to promote trade among the market-oriented economies of the region. A permanent secretariat was established in Singapore in 1993. In the 1994 Bogor (Indonesia) Declaration APEC members agreed to establish a free-trade zone over a 26-year period.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Economic Regionalization in the Asia-Pacific: Challenges to Economic Cooperation
M. Dutta.
Edward Elgar, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Part II "Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): 'A Moving Target'" and Part III "APEC: Organization and Agenda"
The Future of the Pacific Rim: Scenarios for Regional Cooperation
Barbara K. Bundy; Stephen D. Burns; Kimberly V. Weichel.
Praeger, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Regionalism and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific: The Role of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Governments"
APEC and the New Regionalism: GATT Compliance and Prescriptions for the WTO
Faye, Andrew A.
Law and Policy in International Business, Vol. 28, No. 1, Fall 1996
APEC and Trans-Pacific Dispute Management
Green, Carl J.
Law and Policy in International Business, Vol. 26, No. 3, Spring 1995
Promoting Competition in Global Markets: A Multi-National Approach
P. J. Lloyd; Kerrin A. Vautier.
Edward Elgar, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "APEC"
East Asia in Transition: Toward a New Regional Order
Robert S. Ross.
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "International Order and Organization in the Asia-Pacific Region"
Pacific Cooperation: Building Economic and Security Regimes in the Asia-Pacific Region
Andrew Mack; John Ravenhill; Andrew Mack; John Ravenhill.
Westview Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Institution-Building in the Pacific," Chap. 3 "Comparing Regional Cooperation Efforts in the Asia-Pacific and North America," and Chap. 4 "APEC--A Sceptical View"
Regionalism and Global Economic Integration: Europe, Asia, and the Americas
William D. Coleman; Geoffrey R. D. Underhill.
Routledge, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The International Political Economy of Regionalism: The Asia-Pacific and Europe Compared"
Network Power: Japan and Asia
Peter J. Katzenstein.
Cornell University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Japan's National Security and Asia-Pacific Regional Institutitons in the Post-Cold War Era"
APEC and the WTO: Which Way Forward for Trade Liberalization?
Ravenhill, John.
Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 21, No. 2, August 1999
The Possibility of Deterritorializing Democracy: Agonistic Democratic Politics and the APEC NGO Forums
Doucet, Marc G.
Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol. 26, No. 3, July-September 2001
APEC: Amazing, Yes-Awesome, No. (Taurus)
Fischer, Tim.
Business Asia, Vol. 10, No. 7, August 2002
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Gershman, John.
Foreign Policy in Focus, Vol. 5, No. 39, November 1, 2000
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