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Moving Beyond Bilateralism? Japan and the Asian Monetary Fund

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This paper examines the political dynamics surrounding the Japanese government’s initial proposal for the creation of an Asian Monetary Fund (AMF) in 1997 and the arrangements that have emerged in its place. Specifically, the paper delves into why Japan attempted to embark on regional institution building independent of the United States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1997 but has since supported the close linkage to the IMF of a network of bilateral currency swap arrangements in the region. The findings reveal the formidable difficulties Japan faces in circumventing the activities of US-dominated multilateral institutions to play a greater leadership role in financial crisis management in Asia.

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  • Jennifer Amyx, 2002. "Moving Beyond Bilateralism? Japan and the Asian Monetary Fund," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 331, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:csg:ajrcau:331
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    1. Gordon de Brouwer, 2002. "The IMF and East Asia: A Changing Regional Financial Architecture," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 324, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
    2. Christopher Findlay & Haflah Piei & Mari Pangestu, 2003. "Trading with Favourites: Free Trade Agreements in the Asia Pacific," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 335, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
    3. Kate Flowers & Malcolm Bosworth, 2002. "WTO Market Access Negotiations for Non-Agricultural Products, Doha Round: Implications for East Asia," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 334, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
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    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration

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