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ASEAN cooperation: the legacy of the economic crisis

Solingen, Etel (2005) ASEAN cooperation: the legacy of the economic crisis. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 5 (1). pp. 1-29. ISSN 1470-482X

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Identification Number: 10.1093/irap/lci101


This article examines the implications of domestic political changes in the post-1997 era for ASEAN's regional cooperation and institutionalization. The conceptual framework traces regional relations to the makeup and grand strategies of domestic coalitions (internationalizing, hybrid, backlash). Had some predictions in the immediate aftermath of the crisis been fulfilled, the advent of domestic backlash coalitions would have portended lower levels of regional cooperation. Alternatively, in the absence of changes in the fundamental nature of most ruling coalitions after the crisis, ASEAN's cooperative thrust was expected to be maintained. The article explores the extent to which ASEAN's activities in the post-crisis era supports either of these two propositions. It finds that a shock of major proportions in Southeast Asia led to some immediate challenges to bilateral relations. At the same time, the aftermath of the crisis led to considerable multilateral and bilateral cooperation on economic issues, expansion, intervention, and security. Furthermore, cooperation may have indeed improved despite subsequent crises, including 9/11 and its aftermath. Yet no linear progression or irrevocable process towards internationalization or regional cooperation can be assumed. Alternative coalitions, and their potential for changing regional trajectories, must be reckoned with.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Oxford University Press and Japan Association of International Relations
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 12:00
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:01

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