Financial Regionalism after the Global Financial Crisis: Regionalist Impulses and National Strategies

William W. Grimes

in The Consequences of the Global Financial Crisis

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641987
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741586 | DOI:

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The Global Financial Crisis has severely weakened the legitimacy of the US-led global financial system. This has not only led to efforts to remake the global system through the G20 and related process but has also aroused interest in regional alternatives to the global architecture. Considerable attention has understandably been focused on Europe, but the global crisis also has profound implications for East Asia. Clichés about the ‘rise of East Asia’ obscure the very real contest now being fought over the shape of regional financial cooperation in East Asia, particularly through the ASEAN + 3. This chapter investigates the impact of two variables that theories predict will be of particular importance going forward: (a) the increasing desire of East Asian neighbors to contain Chinese influence in the region and (b) the increased number of ASEAN + 3 participants that have also become official participants in the global-level discussions due to the formation of the G20. The chapter concludes that these changes are likely to increase the tensions inside ASEAN + 3, even as the demand for regionalist solutions increases.

Keywords: Global Financial Crisis; ASEAN + 3; G20; East Asia; rise of China

Chapter.  9138 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy ; Financial Institutions and Services

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