Global Politics of Regionalism

Global Politics of Regionalism : Theory and Practice

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This book explores the phenomenon of regionalism. In a seeming contradiction to globalization, there is a growing tendency for countries to enter into regional arrangements as a response to the pressures of operating in a global marketplace. But regionalism is also emerging as a phenomenon in its own right, serving distinct purposes and taking different forms in different areas. The contributors explore how these patterns impact on wider issues such as global governance, democracy and trade.

The book reviews the major theoretical approaches to regional cooperation including perspectives from international relations, political economy, economics and sociology. It is divided into three main sections: theoretical approaches to regionalism; issues of regional cooperation (such as security, monetary issues, identity and integration); and an exploration of specific case studies including the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, China, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

With an international range of contributors, including Bjorn Hettne, Louise Fawcett and Andrew Hurrell, this in-depth and multi-disciplinary guide will be of interest to students across the social sciences and to the wider policy community.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532262X
  • 9780745322629
  • 713,722

Table of contents

1. The Global Politics of Regionalism - An Introduction by Mary Farrell


2. Regionalism from an Historical Perspective by Louise Fawcett

3. The Regional Dimension in International Relations Theory by Andrew Hurrell

4. Regionalism - A Constitutional Framework for Global Challenges?by Rene Foque and Jacques Steenbergen

5. Economic Theories of Regional Integration by Philippe De Lombaerde and Brigid Gavin


6. Exploring the Links Between Micro-Regionalism and Macro-Regionalism by Fredrik Soederbaum

7. Regional Dimensions of Security by Elzbieta Stadtmuller

8. Regional Monetary Cooperation and Integration

Ludo Cuyvers, Philippe De Lombaerde, Eric De Souza and David Fielding

9. Identity and Regional Integration by Nikki Slocum and Luk Van Langenhove


10. The Global Politics of Regionalism - Asia and the Pacific by Helen Nesadurai

11. The Global Politics of Regionalism - Africa by Daniel Bach

12. The Middle East - Regional Instability and Fragmentation by Helena Lindholm Schulz and Michael Schulz

13. North America and the Americas: Integration among Unequal Partners by Robert Pastor

14. Regional Integration in Europe by Brigid Gavin

15. China - Towards Regional Actor and World Player by Tie Jun Zhang

16. Regionalism in the Indian Ocean Region by S.D. Muni


17. Regionalism and World Order by Bjoern Hettne

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'The dominant textbook in respect of studies of regional integration' -- Tony Payne - Sheffield University
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About Luk Van Langenhove

Mary Farrell is Professor of International Relations at Plymouth University. An expert on regionalism, she has published several books on the subject, including Global Politics of Regionalism (Pluto, 2005). Bjorn Hettne is Professor Emeritus of Peace and Development Studies at the University of Goteborg, Sweden. He is the co-editor of Global Politics of Regionalism (Pluto, 2005). Luk Van Langenhove is director of the Comparative Regional Integration Studies programme at the United Nations University. He is the co-editor of Global Politics of Regionalism (Pluto, 2005).
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