Globalization, Democratization and Asian Leadership: Power Sharing, Foreign Policy and Society in the Philippines and Japan

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Ashgate, 2004 - Political Science - 203 pages
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The foreign policies of presidents, prime ministers and their foreign secretaries can be influenced by the preferences of domestic and international nongovernmental actors, as well as those of other governments. Representative democracy, media power, citizen activism and the globalization of politics and telecommunications, for example, have accelerated changes in the sharing of power. This book focuses on the Philippines and Japan where, willingly and unwillingly, foreign policy executives share power with individuals and groups inside and outside of government bureaucracies and their societies. The book retells the foreign policy narratives of regional cooperation, military relations and official development assistance (foreign aid), revealing how executive foreign policy makers and civil society organizations share power - and succeed or fail - in a globalizing, democratizing world. A variety of published, unpublished and declassified sources provide journalists, scholars, government practitioners and global citizens with a sophisticated understanding of the domestic politics of foreign policy making, as well as its intergovernmental and transnational side.

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Vincent Kelly Pollard is Lecturer for the Department of Political Science and Asian Studies Program and Temporary Assistant Professor for the Undergraduate Honors Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Also he has been an Affiliate Research Associate at the Yuchengco Center for East Asia, De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. He is a member of the International Studies Association, Association for Asian Studies, American Political Science Association, and Fulbright Alumni Association.

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