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Regionalism in global politics

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Inter state organisations, in particular regional integration, are analysed. The latter are seen as a middle way between the state and the international level. It specifies a range of concepts such as “region”, “regionalism” and “regionalisation”. Secondly, the historical origins of the phenomenon are captured. We use the history of international relations to grasp the idea of a region in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. After this brief historical divisive, we continue with the analysis of the formal regionalism that emerged in the April war and was relaunched in the post-Cold War period. Particular attention is paid to the new regionalism and its implications for global governance. Attention is drawn to the internal and systemic causes of the emergence of the new regionalism. The influence of public (states, international economic institutions) and private (transnational and associative) actors in shaping regionalism is examined. Reference is also made to the different theoretical interpretations which have examined this subject of study: neo-realism, functionalism and institutionalism, theories of economic regionalism and the new approach to regionalism. A series of regional integrations are the subject of African (SADC, ECOWAS), American (MERCOSUR and NAFTA), Asian (ASEAN) and European (EU) studies.

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