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The G20: Engine of Asian Regionalism?

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  • Hugo Dobson

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    (GIGA Institute of Global and Area Studies)

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    As a result of the emergence of the G20 as the self‐appointed “premier forum for international economic cooperation”, Asia’s expanded participation in G‐summitry has attracted considerable attention. As original G7 member Japan is joined by Australia, China, Indonesia, India and South Korea, this has given rise to another alphanumeric configuration of the Asian 6 (A6). Resulting expectations are that membership in the G20 will impact Asian regionalism as the A6 are forced into coordination and cooperation in response to the G20’s agenda and commitments. However, by highlighting the concrete behaviours and motivations of the individual A6 in the G20 summits so far, this paper stands in contrast to the majority of the predominantly normative extant literature. It highlights divergent agendas amongst the A6 as regards the future of the G20 and discusses the high degree of competition over their identities and roles therein. This divergence and competition can be seen across a range of other behaviours including responding to the norm of internationalism in promoting global governance and maintaining the status quo and national interest, in addition to claiming a regional leadership role and managing bilateral relationships with the US.

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    Paper provided by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in its series GIGA Working Paper Series with number 179.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:gig:wpaper:179

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    Keywords: G20; summitry; global governance; Asia; regionalism JEL code: F01; F02;

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    1. A. W. Coats, 1996. "Conclusion," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, Duke University Press, vol. 28(5), pages 395-400, Supplemen.
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    1. Carl Saxer, 2013. "Capabilities and aspirations: South Korea’s rise as a middle power," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 397-413, December.

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