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Gangsters, Democracy, and the State in Southeast Asia
An essay collection that studies workaday, regional politics in Southeast Asia and its implications for evolving democracies. The contributors examine the electoral process, conflicts between central and local governments, conflicts between individual...



Globalizing in Hard Times
The Politics of Banking-Sector Opening in the Emerging World
Leonardo Martinez-Diaz
In Globalizing in Hard Times, Leonardo Martinez-Diaz examines the sudden and substantial increase in cross-border ownership of commercial banks in countries where bank ownership had long been restricted by local rules. Many parties—the World Bank and...



Hard Times in the Lands of Plenty
Oil Politics in Iran and Indonesia
Benjamin Smith
Smith deciphers the paradox of the resource curse and questions its inevitability through an innovative comparison of the experiences of Iran and Indonesia.



Healthy Democracies
Welfare Politics in Taiwan and South Korea
Joseph Wong
Do the pressures of economic globalization undermine the welfare state? Contrary to the expectations of many analysts, Taiwan and South Korea have embarked on a new trajectory, toward a strengthened welfare state and universal inclusion. In Healthy...



The Hidden Costs of Clean Election Reform
Frederic Charles Schaffer
Schaffer reveals how tinkering with the electoral process, even with the best of intentions, can easily damage democratic ideals.



How States Pay for Wars
Rosella Cappella Zielinski
In How States Pay for Wars, Rosella Cappella Zielinski clarifies several critical dynamics lying at the nexus of financial and military policy.



Immigration Policy and the Challenge of Globalization
Unions and Employers in Unlikely Alliance
Julie R. Watts
After years of internal debate, labor union leaders have come to regard immigration as an inevitable consequence of globalization. Labor leaders have come to believe that restrictive immigration policies, which they once supported to protect their...



Inequality and Prosperity
Social Europe vs. Liberal America
Jonas Pontusson
What are the relative merits of the American and European socioeconomic systems? Long-standing debates have heated up in recent years with the expansion of the European Union and increasingly sharp political and cultural differences between the United...



Inequality in the Workplace
Labor Market Reform in Japan and Korea
Jiyeoun Song
Jiyeoun Song focuses on South Korea and Japan, which have advanced labor market reform and confronted the rapid rise of a split in labor markets between protected regular workers and underprotected and underpaid nonregular workers.



Japan Remodeled
How Government and Industry Are Reforming Japanese Capitalism
Steven K. Vogel
As the Japanese economy languished in the 1990s Japanese government officials, business executives, and opinion leaders concluded that their economic model had gone terribly wrong. They questioned the very institutions that had been credited with...



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