Trade Policy in the Asia-Pacific

The Role of Ideas, Interests, and Domestic Institutions

  • Vinod K. Aggarwal
  • Seungjoo Lee

Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)

About this book


East Asian countries are now pursuing greater formal economic institutionalization, weaving a web of bilateral and minilateral preferential trade agreements. Scholarly analysis of “formal” East Asian regionalism focuses on international political and economic factors such as the end of the Cold War, the Asian financial crisis, or the rising Sino-Japanese rivalry. Yet this work pays inadequate attention to the strategies of individual government agencies, business groups, labor unions, and NGOs across the region. Moreover, most studies also fail to adequately characterize different types of trade arrangements, often lumping together bilateral accords with minilateral ones, and transregional agreements with those within the region. To fully understand this cross-national variance, this book argues that researchers must give greater attention to the domestic politics within East Asian countries and the U.S., involving the interplay of these subnational players. With contributions from leading country and regional trade specialists, this book examines East Asian and American trade strategies through the lens of a domestic bargaining game approach with a focus on the interplay of interests, ideas, and domestic institutions within the context of broader international shifts. With respect to domestic politics, the chapters show how subnational actors engage in lobbying, both of their own governments and through their links to others in the region. They also trace the evolution of interests and ideas over time, helping us to generate a better understanding of historical trends in the region. In addition to scholars of East Asian and comparative regionalism, this book will be of interest to policy-makers concerned with international trade and U.S.-Asia relations, and those interested in understanding the rich trade institutional landscape that we see emerging in the Asia-Pacific.


Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Doha Development Round (DDR) Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) World Trade Organization (WTO)

Editors and affiliations

  • Vinod K. Aggarwal
    • 1
  • Seungjoo Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic, Cooperation Study Center (BASC)University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2., Dept. of Political ScienceChung-Ang UniversitySeoulKorea, Republic of (South Korea)

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6832-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6833-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1866-6507
  • Series Online ISSN 1866-6515
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