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9). Not only is global governance increasingly complex. The uncomfortable fact remains, as demonstrated by the causes and consequences of the 1997/98 East Asian financial crisis, that neither the 22 Simon Lee architecture of global or regional governance of finance, trade and development has been able to keep pace with the dynamism of private sector networking at the regional and global levels (Lee 2003b). Furthermore, as Woods (2002) has noted, while the desire to democratize global governance remains a laudable and morally desirable objective, there remain major practical problems in the implementation of democratization beyond the nation-state.

Given its highly chequered recent track record of non-intervention and subsequent belated interventions in financial crises, as well as the critique of the efficacy of the conditionality attached to its loans (Stiglitz 2002), Henning’s thesis appears to have been based upon some highly suspect foundations. The ‘market fundamentalism’ of the Washington Consensus may have been global in its reach and impact in the past decade but many in crisis-hit Asian economies would question whether its rationale was truly to promote global welfare rather than to further entrench American hegemony and structural power.

E. the EU) as a constraint for regionalism to play a more salient role in global governance. In a similar vein and in identifying a series of ‘missing institutions’ in global governance – especially in relation to the governance of financial markets – Nayyar (2002) has joined the ranks of those who have proposed global solutions to governance questions, notably a Financial Stability Forum or World Financial Authority,5 rather than new regional institutional frameworks. A rare exception to this trend of largely ignoring the potential contribution of Asia-Pacific regionalism to global governance, has been provided by the report of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a three-year project to define an alternative paradigm for global governance, which has recommended the decommissioning of the Bretton Woods institutions and Asia-Pacific Economic Regionalism 23 their replacement by a new set of institutions.

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