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The Politics of the Asian Economic Crisis (Cornell Studies in Political Economy)

The Politics of the Asian Economic Crisis (Cornell Studies in Political Economy)

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In the summer of 1997, a tidal wave of economic problems swept across Asia. Currencies plummeted, banks failed, GNP stagnated, unemployment soared, and exports stalled. In short, the vaunted "Asian Economic Miracle" became the "Asian Economic Crisis"--with serious repercussions for nations and markets around the world.

While the headlines are still fresh, a group of experts on the region presents the first account to focus on the political causes and implications of the crisis. The events of 199798 involved not just property values, financial flows, portfolio makeup, and debt ratios, they argue, but also the power relationships that shaped those economic indicators.

As they examine the domestic, regional, and international politics that underlaythe economic collapse, the authors analyze the reasons why the crisis affected the nations of Asia in radically different ways. The authors also consider whether the crisis indicates a radical change in Asia's economic future.

Contributors Yun-han Chu, National Taiwan University Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago Gary G. Hamilton, University of Washington Paul Hutchcroft, University of Wisconsin, Madison Linda Y. C. Lim, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Andrew MacIntyre, University of California,San Diego Barry Naughton, University of California, San Diego T. J. Pempel, University of Washington Jeffrey A. Winters, Northwestern University Meredith Woo-Cumings, Northwestern University