Cross-Border Governance in Asia
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Cross-Border Governance in Asia

Regional Issues and Mechanisms

Rapid globalization has led to increased flows of capital, services, ideas, information and people between countries. Problems that face one nation often have a rippling impact throughout the region and globally. This growing list of cross-border challenges cannot be resolved by isolated policy action at the national or sub-national level. It is essential to forge cross-border strategic alliances and develop consolidated approaches through regional platforms for dialogue and mechanisms for action. This book discusses regional governance mechanisms and institutional arrangements to respond to emerging cross-border issues and trends in Asia and the Pacific.
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Asia and the Pacific’s burgeoning population and economic growth present a unique backdrop for the challenges of the new globalized era. Interdependence in the region, born of rapid globalization, is manifest in increased flows between countries of goods, services, capital, ideas, information and people. As such, the traditional paradigm of “national” problems and challenges that do not transcend political boundaries is outdated. Essential to this shift is the issue of externalities, where costs and benefits may be assumed by countries and people who in any given situation have little or no control over the decisions which resulted in them. Driven by these new realities, the international community has been forced to reassess development, cross-border governance issues and other issues of shared concern.