Political Business in East Asia

Political Business in East Asia

Political Business in East Asia

Political Business in East Asia


The relationship between government and business has become a central issue in East Asia since the financial crisis of 1997. As the Asian economies try to advance the reform process, recent scandals involving corruption and cronyism have demonstrated the ongoing significance of the issue. This edited book features a range of distinguished international specialists and explores the interaction between politics and business across the region. Detailed case-studies focus on Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. This is the first comprehensive introduction to government-business relations in the region and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the problems faced by the Asian economies.


James Babb is Lecturer in Japanese Politics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His major publications include Tanaka: the Making of Postwar Japan (2000) and Business and Politics in Japan (2001).

Stefan Eklöf is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of History, Lund University, Sweden. His publications include Indonesian Politics in Crisis: the Long Fall of Suharto (1996-98) (1999) and Colonialism in the 1990s: the Use of History in Dutch-Indonesia Relations (1999).

Karl J. Fields is Chair of the Department of Politics and Government, former Director of Asian Studies, and Associate Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. His published volumes include Enterprise and the State in Korea and Taiwan (1995), and his forthcoming book is entitled kmt, Inc.

Edmund Terence Gomez is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He is the author of Politics in Business: UMNO's Corporate Investments (1990), Political Business: Corporate Involvement of Malaysian Political Parties (1994), and Chinese Business in Malaysia: Accumulation, Ascendance, Accommodation (1999); co-author of Malaysia's Political Economy: Politics, Patronage and Profits (1997) and Ethnic Futures: the State and Identity Politics in Asia (1999); and co-editor of Chinese Business in Southeast Asia (2001).

Stephan Haggard is Professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Pathways from the Periphery (1990), Developing Countries and the Politics of Global Integration (1995), and The Political Economy of the Asian Financial Crisis (2000). He is the co-author, with Robert Kaufman, of The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (1995), and with David McKendrick and Richard Doner of From Silicon Valley to Singapore: Location and Competitive Advantage in the Hard Disk Drive Industry (2000).

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