E-book of the week: “China’s Strategic Multilateralism: Investing in Global Governance”, by Scott L. Kastner, Margaret M. Pearson and Chad Rector

“China sometimes plays a leadership role in addressing global challenges, but at other times it free rides or even spoils efforts at cooperation. When will rising powers like China help to build and maintain international regimes that sustain cooperation on important issues, and when will they play less constructive roles? This study argues that the strategic setting of a particular issue area has a strong influence on whether and how a rising power will contribute to global governance. Two strategic variables are especially important: the balance of outside options the rising power and established powers face, and whether contributions by the rising power are viewed as indispensable to regime success. Case studies of China’s approach to security in Central Asia, nuclear proliferation, global financial governance, and climate change illustrate the logic of the theory, which has implications for contemporary issues such as China’s growing role in development finance.”

https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108695725

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2018

Print version: 327(51) HEIA 124018

Book of the week: “Hong Kong under Chinese rule: economic integration and political gridlock”, by Zheng Yongnian and Yew Chiew Ping

“This edited volume is a compilation of the analyses written by East Asian Institute experts on Hong Kong since the handover. It covers most, if not all the important events that have taken place in Hong Kong since 1997, including its economic integration and relations with China, its governance conundrums, the Hong Kong identity and nation-building, the implementation of the minimum wage, and the elections from 2011–2012.

The book’s panoramic view of Hong Kong makes it a useful resource for readers who seek a broad understanding of the city and how it has evolved after its return to China. It also offers some glimpses into the direction Hong Kong is heading in its socio-economic relations with China at both the state and society levels, as well as its domestic political developments and the prospects for democratization.”

Publisher: Hackensack, NJ, World Scientific, 2013
Call number: 951.231.7 HEIA 96347


Illustration (cropped and edited): Hong Kong, Cloud City by Andy Leung (Pixabay license)