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Asia-Pacific Small States: Political Economies of Resilience

Stephen Noakes and Alexander C. Tan, editors
Asia-Pacific Small States: Political Economies of Resilience
ISBN: 978-1-955055-97-0
ISBN: 978-1-68585-949-7
2023/245 pages/LC: 2022054698
"A unique and timely study of the political economy of small states in Asia Pacific in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic (de)globalization, and US-China rivalry." —Gang Guo, University of Mississippi


Both the spread of Covid-19 and the intense US-China rivalry have been sources of stress for national economies throughout Asia Pacific. The authors of Asia-Pacific Small States, eschewing the usual focus on the region's powerhouses, turn their attention instead to the coping strategies of the smaller economies. Showing how these smaller states have been navigating the current turbulent times, they shed light not only on national experiences and recovery strategies, but also on the importance of so-called marginal players in today's geopolitical competition among major powers.


Stephen Noakes is senior lecturer in politics and international relations and director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Auckland. Alexander C. Tan is professor of political science and international relations at the University of Canterbury. 


  • Small States in Asia Pacific: Challenges Amid Great Power Competition—the Editors.
  • Singapore: Relearning, Recovery, and Resilience—B.H.T. Ern.
  • Aotearoa/New Zealand: Contentious Trade Relations with the PRC—J. Young.
  • The Pacific Island States: Social and Solidarity-Based Economies—S. Ratuva.
  • Taiwan: State and Private-Sector Cooperation—F. Siedlok et al.
  • East Asia’s Green Economic Recovery: A Path Out of the Coronacession—S.-Y. Kim.
  • Reforming the Global Supply Chain: A Taiwanese Perspective—R. Lee.
  • Multilateralism and US Engagement: Generating New Pressures and Incentives—C. Finny with N. Vanvari.
  • Digital Regional Economic Integration: New Trade Agreements and Opportunities—S. Honey.
  • Together, Alone: Economic Cooperation After the Pandemic—the Editors.