T. J. Pempel is the Jack M. Forcey Professor Emeritus of Political Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2001 until 2005, he also directed Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1972 and has specialized in comparative politics, American foreign policy, Japanese political economy and Asian regional relations. He previously held positions at Cornell University, the University of Colorado, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Washington. He has received numerous research grants, including those from the Fulbright Commission, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, the National Science Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. A presidentially-appointed member of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission from 2009 to 2020, he was also awarded the Japanese Foreign Ministry Commendation in 2016. He serves on the editorial boards of a dozen professional journals and is the author or editor of twenty-four books and over 120 articles. Among his major publications are Regime Shift: Comparative Dynamics of the Japanese Political Economy and Uncommon Democracies:The One-Party Dominant Regimes. His latest book, A Region of Regimes: Prosperity and Plunder in the Asia-Pacific, was published by Cornell University Press in 2021. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Region of Regimes traces the relationship between politics and economics—power and prosperity—in the Asia-Pacific in the decades since the Second World War. This book complicates familiar and incomplete narratives of the "Asian economic miracle" to show radically different paths leading to high growth for many but abject failure for some. T. J. Pempel analyzes policies and data from ten East Asian countries, categorizing them into three distinct regime types, each historically contingent and the product of specific configurations of domestic institutions, socio-economic resources, and external support.