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Looking for BalanceChina, the United States, and Power Balancing in East Asia$
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Steve Chan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778206

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778206.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Defense and Regime Strategy

The Political Economy of Defense and Regime Strategy

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(p.92) 4 The Political Economy of Defense and Regime Strategy
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Looking for Balance
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778206.003.0004

This chapter proposes an econo-political explanation of why East Asian states have eschewed balancing policies. It explains that the costs of such policies are significant and made even larger by the guns-versus-butter tradeoff. The chapter compares the recent history of East Asia and the Middle East, and investigates why East Asian leaders have decided to stress economic performance based on a model of export-led development as a strategy for enhancing and keeping their political legitimacy and power.

Keywords:   econo-political explanation, balancing policies, East Asian states, guns versus butter, Middle East, economic performance, political legitimacy

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