This edited volume explains the importance of regional public goods (RPGs) for sustainable development and shows why they are particularly important in the context of 21st-century international relations. By presenting a new and original data set and by presenting original essays by renowned scholars, this book lays the foundation for what will become an increasingly important focus for both economic development and international relations as well as for their intersection.
The volume contains four parts. The first introduces the core issues and concepts that are explored throughout the book as well as a new and original data set on RPGs. The second part further develops specific concepts important for understanding 21st-century RPGs: regional leadership, alliances, networks, and outcomes. The third examines how cooperation takes place worldwide for a range of important RPGs. Finally, the fourth part discusses how public goods are produced in specific regions, stressing that each region has a distinct context and that these contexts overlap in a decentered "multiplex" manner.
Global economic cooperation will be different in the 21st century, and this volume will be of interest to students and scholars of global governance, economic development, international political economy, sustainable development, and comparative regionalism.
Table of Contents
Part I Introduction
1. 21st-Century Cooperation, Regional Public Goods, and Sustainable Development
2. Regional Public Goods Cooperation: An Inductive Approach to Measuring Regional Public Goods
Part II Regional Leadership, Alliances, Networks, and Outcomes
3. Regionalism in the Evolving World Order: Power, Leadership, and the Provision of Public Goods
4. Transnational Policy Networks and Regional Public Goods in Latin America
5. Can Regional Standards Be Above the National Norm? Impact Evaluation Issues for Regional Public Goods
Part III New Frontiers in Functional Cooperation
6. Regional Public Goods: The Case of Migration
7. Connectivity and Infrastructure as 21st-Century Regional Public Goods
8. Open Borders: A Regional Public Good
9. Advancing Digitization as a Regional Public Good
10. Building Regional Environmental Governance: Northeast Asia’s Unique Path to Sustainable Development
11. The Multilateral Trading System and Regional Public Goods
Part IV Old and New Regions in a Multiplex World
12. European Regional Public Goods: Insiders and Outsiders
13. Regional Public Goods in North America
14. Public Goods and Regional Organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean: Identity, Goals, and Implementation
15. Asia’s Financial Stability as a Regional and Global Public Good
16. From Small Markets to Collective Action: Regional Public Goods in Africa
Antoni Estevadeordal is Manager, Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Louis W Goodman is Professor and Emeritus Dean, School of International Service, American University.