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Institutions for Asian Integration : Innovation and Reform

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  • Giovanni Capannelli

    (Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI))

  • See Seng Tan

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The formation of regional production networks in East Asia has occurred mainly through market forces, without much help from regional institutions in promoting the creation of a single Asian market. While this approach has served the region well in the past, the drastic changes experienced since the 2008–2009 financial crisis and the challenges Asian countries are facing—growing inequalities and competition, on the one hand, and enhanced threats to the environment and people’s health on the other—have rendered more urgent the need for intergovernmental cooperation at global and regional levels. Asia’s institutions for regionalism need strengthening through reform and innovation such as better governance and resourcing, greater and more effective participation and delegation of powers, overall streamlining of regional architecture, including the phasing out of outdated or irrelevant institutions and, where needed, the creation of new ones. Ultimately, given its rootedness in regional order, institutional efficacy is a function of the ability and willingness of its members, especially influential stakeholders, to collaborate.

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  • Giovanni Capannelli & See Seng Tan, 2012. "Institutions for Asian Integration : Innovation and Reform," Governance Working Papers 23326, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:eab:govern:23326
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    Keywords

    Asian integration; regional institutions; Regionalism; Asian market; intergovernmental cooperation; regional production networks;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other

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