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IR Working Paper 1994/4
Stuart Harris, ‘Policy Networks and Economic Cooperation: Policy Coordination in the Asia-Pacific Region’, IR Working Paper 1994/4, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, May 1994.
International processes of economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region have been importantly dependent upon the efforts of, and networks developed by, various non-governmental groups and actors. These have been active in both policy advocacy and in policy participation. This paper discusses the role of those groups and actors, the motivations of those advocating regional economic cooperation, the main arguments of those opposed to institutionalising such cooperation, the interests being pursued and the values held in common among the various elite groups involved, and who have been the main actors and the institutions central to this process.