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The June issue of Pacific Affairs contains four articles, including two regular research pieces along with two Perspectives articles organized as a presentation and response.

The issue opens with Nathan Allen’s article, “From Patronage Machine to Partisan Melee: Subnational Corruption and the Evolution of the Indonesian Party System,” in which the author demonstrates how, with each issue_image_87_2_ Election 2014 _Allenpost-Suharto election in Indonesia, voters there have spread their support across a wider array of partisan options. This party system expansion occurred despite increased institutional incentives for voters and elites to coordinate their activity in a limited number of parties. Allen’s article addresses the puzzle of party system change between 1999 and 2009, linking expansion to the decentralization and deconcentration of corruption in the democratic era.

issue_image_87_2_KatsumataIn the issue’s second paper, “What Explains ASEAN’s Leadership in East Asian Community Building?” author Hiro Katsumata maintains as insufficient the conventional wisdom that ASEAN has been able to lead community building in East Asia by default, against the background of Sino-Japanese rivalries. He argues instead for a complementary account, centered on the statement that ASEAN has actively constructed a social environment that defines itself as the legitimate leader of East Asian community building.

What follows is a two-part Perspectives section examining China’s continued rise and its future role in a changing world. Brantly Womack begins the series with his piece titled, “China’s Future in a Multinodal World Order.” Writing that although China and the United States will continue to play key international roles in the coming decades, he posits that they will function in a larger “multimodal” context, that is, within an order comprised of a matrix of interacting, unequal units each pursuing their own interests within a stable array of national units and an increasing routinization of international regimes and interpenetrating transnational connections.issue_image_87_2_Katsumata_China world order

In his response to Womack, “An Uncertain World: Rising Powers, Systemic Risk, and the Role of Institutions and Entrepreneurship,” Yves Tiberghien presents a dynamic and interactive view of globalization, one where political choices, strategic interactions, and institutions shape the global system. He sees both the overall system and China’s growing role within it as dependent on the interplay of political leadership and social force

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Pacific Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal committed to advancing empirical and conceptual knowledge in the field of Asia Pacific-focussed area studies. We view area studies as combining serious commitment to original research on specific regions and countries in Asia and the Pacific with insights and analytical rigour derived from multiple disciplines and various theoretical perspectives.



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Impact Factor Score: .444 (27 out of 63 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2013 to articles published in 2011 and 2012.

5-Year Impact Factor Score: 0.552 (21 out of 63 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2012 to articles published from 2008 to 2012

Immediacy Index Score: 0.087 (25 out of 63 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2013 of articles published in 2013

Article Influence® Score: 0.255 (31 out of 63 Area Studies journals)

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Note: We maintain a sustained and in-depth intellectual and administrative interest in the various debates concerning the uses, meanings, and limits of bibliometric indexes such as the annual JCR reports. We list the information above not as an unthinking endorsement of the use of these indexes to define notions of “quality,” but as information that forms part of a larger set of ongoing attempts to map the patterns and understand the meanings of scholarly communications in the digital age. Although Pacific Affairs embraces careful and contextualized use of all bibliometric data, our view is that the 5-Year Impact Factor (regardless of our absolute and/or relative numbers) is likely the most significant measure, given that we aspire to publish articles that based on the depth of empirical research and the clarity of the arguments will ideally retain their relevance for at least five years after their publication.



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Pacific Affairs is a peer-reviewed, independent, and interdisciplinary scholarly journal focussing on important current political, economic and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific. Each issue contains approximately five new articles and 40-45 book reviews. Published continuously since 1928 under the same name, Pacific Affairs has been located on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, since 1961. The journal is committed to providing to the scholarly community and the world at large high quality research on Asia and the Pacific that takes readers beyond the headlines and across multiple disciplines.


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Pacific Affairs is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), MasterFILE Premier, Public Affairs Information Service and PAIS ARCHIVE, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, World Affairs Online and Bibliography of Asian Studies. We are both indexed and have abstracts of articles appear in Web of Science, GEOBASE, Canadian Periodical Index, Academic Search Complete, CBCA Complete, Historical Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts, America: History and Life, Public Administration and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Ingenta is the electronic provider for our online subscriptions. Pacific Affairs was selected as one of the first journals to join the JSTOR archives at their inception and has a four year moving wall.


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