Public Policy in the 'Asian Century'

Concepts, Cases and Futures

  • Sara Bice
  • Avery Poole
  • Helen Sullivan

Part of the International Series on Public Policy book series (ISPP)

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This volume explores the defining features, critical approaches, challenges and opportunities for public policy in the ‘Asian Century’. This is the first book to systematically analyse the key institutions and practices that comprise public policy, administration and governance to investigate how they are changing in the context of increasing Asian influence. Its authors argue that the Asian Century holds the potential to generate a paradigm shift equivalent to the impacts of neo-liberalism and the New Public Management of the late 20th century. 

Divided into three parts, this volume interrogates the theories underpinning contemporary public policy; explores case studies from different policy arenas across the Asian region; and imagines what a future of globalised public policy might look like. It examines the implementation measures necessary to support policy and administration in an era of transnational governance networks, tightly linked economic markets and progressively fluid cultural exchanges. This book provides the concepts and tools necessary to navigate these shifting sands successfully. It is essential reading for scholars of public policy, public management, international relations, and politics and social sciences, as well as for administrators and public servants.


Asian Century Confucian Public Administration Chinese Public Administration Non-Western Public Administration Asian public governance Asian economic development Confucius Weberian administration Max Weber transition from military dictatorship science and technology policy New Public Management Chinese urbanization Public Sector Reform transnational governance globalised public policy international policy coordination economic development policies globalization

Editors and affiliations

  • Sara Bice
    • 1
  • Avery Poole
    • 2
  • Helen Sullivan
    • 3
  1. 1.Melbourne School of GovernmentUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Melbourne School of GovernmentUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Crawford School of Public PolicyAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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