1st Edition

Comparative Regionalism
Economics and Security

ISBN 9780415622790
Published September 11, 2014 by Routledge
304 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

This book comprises key essays on comparative regionalism and, more broadly, on regional conflict and cooperation by Professor Etel Solingen.

The study of regionalism, a subject pioneered by Solingen in the 1990s, is now an established field of inquiry, with a large community of scholars and practitioners around the world. This book provides a window into an evolving conceptual framework for comparing regional arrangements, with a special emphasis on non-European regions. Framed by a comprehensive, previously unpublished introduction, the chapters provide a broad spectrum of analysis on domestic political economy, democracy, regional institutions, and global forces as they shape different regional outcomes and trajectories in economics and security. Themes as different as the regional effects of democratization in the Middle East and East Asia, the rise of China, Euro-Mediterranean relations, and regional nuclear trajectories are traced back to a common analytical core. The nature of domestic ruling coalitions serves as the pivotal analytical anchor explaining the effects of globalization and economic reform on different regional arrangements.

This collection provides a focal point that brings this work together in a new light and will be of much interest to students of regionalism, international relations theory, international and comparative political economy, international history and grand strategy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Part I: Globalization, Economic Reform, and Regional Relations 2. Internationalization and Political Coalitions (1998) 3.  Coalitions, Strategic Interaction and Regional Outcomes (1998) 4. Mapping Internationalization: Domestic and Regional Impacts (2001)  Part II: Regional Effects of Democratic Institutions 5. Pax Asiatica versus Bella Levantina: The Foundations of War and Peace in East Asia and the Middle East (2007) 6.  Democratization in the Middle East: Quandaries of the Peace Process (1996) 7. Economic and Political Liberalization in China: Implications for US-China Relations (2009)  Part III: Regional Institutions: Sources, Design, and Effects 8. The Genesis, Design and Effects of Regional Institutions: Lessons from East Asia and the Middle East (2008) 9. The Triple Logic of the European-Mediterranean Partnership: Hindsight and Foresight (2003)  Part IV: Regional Security Trajectories 10. Findings, Futures, and Policy Implications (2007)

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Etel Solingen is Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Irvine, USA, and former Chancellor’s Professor. She has served as President of the International Studies Association.  


‘Etel Solingen is one of the leading scholars in the world who helped recreate the field of comparative regional analysis. Put conveniently between two covers, the chapters in this book summarize her trenchant and highly original views. A standard reference work for all serious scholars for years to come.’--Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA

‘Etel Solingen’s work has provided unique contributions to our understanding of regionalism. Her detailed knowledge of three major regions—East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East—is the underpinning for insights into the forces shaping regional orders around the world. This superb volume will be required reading for all who are interested in the relationship between globalization, regionalism and domestic political coalitions’ -- John Ravenhill, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada

'Etel Solingen is one the most distinguished and thoughtful scholars of regionalism. Comparative Regionalism: Economics and Security includes some of her most important and influential work on this topic. Skillfully blending novel theoretical insights with a broad empirical sweep, Solingen’s study will be of interest to scholars of comparative politics and international relations alike.'-- Edward Mansfield, University of Pennsylvania, USA