This book examines the economy, government, and society in a selection of countries in East and South-east Asia. The countries covered range from the People's Republic of China, with the largest population in the world, to Singapore, a city state with only 3,000,000 and from Japan, one of the richest countries in the world, to the Philippines with GNP per head of only $1,050. The political systems are very diverse, with multi-party democracies in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, single-party rule in the PRC, Indonesia just emerging from a period of military and oligarchic rule, and limited democracy in Hong Kong and Singapore. The starting point of this book is the financial crash that happened in 1997 and its aftermath in the area. It asks whether the crash was just another financial market phenomenon or whether it revealed something special about the economies in the region. This book also examines the nature of the relationships among businesses and between business, family, and government.
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