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The distinctive regional grouping that is APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) has become the leading forum for government collaboration in the Asia-Pacific since its foundation in 1989. Comprising 21 diverse member states from the region, including the world's three largest economies (China, Japan and the United States), APEC has a broad agenda that embraces trade liberalization, trade facilitation and economic co-operation. It is unique in taking a non-discriminatory approach to liberalization based on the principle of open regionalism. This book uses APEC to ask incisive questions about collaboration in general and regionalism in particular, in addition to analysing APEC's activities and objectives, successes and failures. The book addresses issues of central concern to students of international political economy and international relations, but is as relevant to discussions about Asia-Pacific cooperation more broadly. It makes a major contribution to a broader understanding of the forces of regionalism and globalization at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
- The first systematic attempt to analyse APEC in the context of international relations theorising on regionalism
- Places this unusual regional institution under a theoretical spotlight for the first time
- First discussion of APEC written to take concerns of international relations scholars into account