The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy, and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia by Evelyn GohThe Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy, and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia by Evelyn Goh

The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy, and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia

byEvelyn Goh

Paperback | October 17, 2015

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How has world order changed since the Cold War ended? Do we live in an age of American empire, or is global power shifting to the East with the rise of China? Arguing that existing ideas about balance of power and power transition are inadequate, this book gives an innovative reinterpretationof the changing nature of U.S. power, focused on the 'order transition' in East Asia. Hegemonic power is based on both coercion and consent, and hegemony is crucially underpinned by shared norms and values. Thus hegemons must constantly legitimize their unequal power to other states. In periods of strategic change, the most important political dynamics centre on this bargainingprocess, conceived here as the negotiation of a social compact. This book studies the re-negotiation of this consensual compact between the U.S., China, and other states in post-Cold War East Asia. It analyses institutional bargains to constrain and justify power; attempts to re-define therelationship between a regional community and the global economic order; the evolution of great power authority in regional conflict management, and the salience of competing justice claims in memory disputes. It finds that U.S. hegemony has been established in East Asia after the Cold War mainlybecause of the complicity of key regional states. But the new social compact also makes room for rising powers and satisfies smaller states' insecurities. The book controversially proposes that the East Asian order is multi-tiered and hierarchical, led by the U.S. but incorporating China, Japan, andother states in the layers below it.
Evelyn Goh is Shedden Professor in Strategic Policy Studies at the Australian National University.
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Title:The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy, and Transition in Post-Cold War East AsiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:October 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198753314

ISBN - 13:9780198753315

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Order Transition in East Asia2. Institutional Bargains: Taming and Legitimising Unequal Power3. Authority and Public Goods Provision: Managing Regional Conflicts4. Regionalism and Community: Re-negotiating Regional and Global Economic Order5. Order and Justice: Contesting the Collective Memory Regime6. Conclusion: The Hierarchical East Asian Order1. Introduction: Order Transition in East Asia2. Institutional Bargains: Taming and Legitimising Unequal Power3. Authority and Public Goods Provision: Managing Regional Conflicts4. Regionalism and Community: Re-negotiating Regional and Global Economic Order5. Order and Justice: Contesting the Collective Memory Regime6. Conclusion: The Hierarchical East Asian Order

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`A pre-eminent regional specialist here provides a highly innovative international society account of the order transition underway in East Asia. Goh's sophisticated ideational framework, developed around a renegotiated social compact, compellingly displaces existing power transition models.'Ian Clark, University of Queensland