[Blueboard] Lecture on "Challenging State Centrism in the Neoliberal Order in Asia Pacific"

Resto S. Cruz I rscruz at ateneo.edu
Mon Sep 24 16:32:28 PHT 2007

The Political Science Department
and Development Studies 102 B: Perspectives in Development II
(Politics and Development)

cordially invite you to a lecture/presentation on

Challenging State Centrism in the Neoliberal Order in Asia Pacific:
The Case of ASEAN-Japan Relations


Jewellord Nem Singh
Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies
Lund University


26 September 2007, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m
SOM 106

Abstract. Since the 1980s, regional integration in East Asia has been
largely based on state initiatives with political elites and technocrats
acting as drivers of economic integration. While the neoliberal order in
Asia Pacific has been pervasive through state-led regional arrangements, the
financial crisis has spurred defensive mechanisms to protect the region from
speculative financial markets and from inward-looking trade protectionism
outside Asia. This paper looks at the regional dynamics in terms of the
political-economic strategic interests in terms of commitment in regional
arrangements. Using the ASEAN-Japan relations as a case, the paper argues
that political motivations rather than sound economic rationale remain to be
the major engine for integration. Not only does this directly challenge the
sustainability of free trade area (FTA) arrangements, it questions the very
logic of state led initiatives to build alternative institutional structures
against neoliberal globalization. In light of these developments, this paper
takes the following discussions: first, the historical developments of
Japan¹s state-led integration; second, the role of the domestic factors in
Japan in changing the trajectory of Japan-ASEAN relations; and finally, the
future of alternative institution-building processes in East Asia against

About the speaker. Formerly affiliated with the Philippine office of Focus
on the Global South and with the University of the Philippines (Diliman)
Third World Studies Center, Jewellord Nem Singh is presently with the Centre
for East and Southeast Asia Studies, Lunds universitet, Sweden, where he is
writing his thesis for the MA in Asian Studies. His research interests
include transnational social movements, international political economy,
democratization in Southeast Asia and Latin America, and politics of

Resto S. Cruz I
Field Research Team Leader / Lecturer in Development Studies
Migration and the Family Research Group
Office of the Academic Vice-President
Ateneo de Manila University
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Email: rscruz at ateneo.edu

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