Foundations of Collective Action in Asia: Theory and Practice of Regional Cooperation

21 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2012

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Amitav Acharya

American University - School of International Service

Date Written: February 14, 2012

Abstract

This paper argues that the collective action in Asia by its regional organizations has historically suffered from a “capability–legitimacy gap”: a disjuncture between the capability (in terms of material resources) of major Asian powers to lead regional cooperation on the one hand and their political legitimacy and will as regional leaders on the other. Successful collective action requires leadership with both capability (as suggested by rationalist theories) and legitimacy (as suggested by constructivist approaches). A central point of the paper is that the putative or aspiring leaders of Asian regionalism throughout the post-war period never had both.

Keywords: asian regionalism, regional cooperation, asian regional cooperation

JEL Classification: F50, F51, F53, F54, F55, F59

Suggested Citation

Acharya, Amitav, Foundations of Collective Action in Asia: Theory and Practice of Regional Cooperation (February 14, 2012). ADBI Working Paper No. 344, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2005473 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2005473

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