Vague and conflicting ideas about regional cooperation are swirling around the intense economic activity in the Pacific. Thus, this solid analytical book is very timely. It looks closely at the recent history and policies of six countries, stressing their impact on one another and their separate responses to the disturbances of the 1970s. Explicit and rather strong policy recommendations are set out on many points. The authors support the idea of a consultative organization to improve communication and the coordination of national measures.