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Crisis and Institutional Change in Regional Integration

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Edited by Sabine Saurugger, Fabien Terpan


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Comparative regional integration has met with increasing interest over the last twenty years with the emergence or reinforcing of new regional dynamics in the EU, NAFTA, MERCOSUR and ASEAN.

This volume systematically and comparatively analyses the reasons for regional integration and stalemate in European, Latin American and Asian regional integration. It examines whether regional integration systems change in crisis periods, or more precisely in periods of economic crises, and why they change in different directions. Based on a neo-institutionalist research framework and rigorously comparative research design, the individual chapters analyse why financial and economic crises lead to more or less integrated systems and which factors lead to these institutional changes. Specifically it addresses institutional change in regional integration schemes, power relations between member states and the institutions in different policy domains, and change in individual or collective citizens’ attitudes towards regional integration. Adopting an actor-centred approach, the book highlights which regional integration schemes are influenced by economic and financial crises and how to explain this.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and policy specialists in regional integration, European Politics, International Relations, and Latin American and Asian studies.


"This up-to-date snapshot of European, Latin American and Asian regional integration is informed by a theoretical framing that touches the most important bases in the field of comparative regional studies. This book is a very useful and very readable addition to an important area of world politics and a vibrant field of scholarship." - Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter Professor, Jr. of International Studies, Cornell University, USA.

"Are regional organisations in crisis, or are they a crucial part of the solution to addressing the challenges of contemporary crises? Saurugger and Terpan have assembled an impressive range of expertise to analyse the relationship between regionalism and crisis-response in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The result is a highly topical volume which is an important contribution to the burgeoning literature on comparative regionalism." - Thomas Christiansen, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

European Integration 1. Regional Integration in Times of Crises: Comparative regional integration approaches and institutional change Sabine Saurugger and Fabien Terpan 2. European Integration in Response to the ‘Euro Crisis’ 2010-2013 Hanno Degner 3. The Eurozone crisis and European integration: "new intergovernmentalism" as a valid theory Christian Lequesne 4. The Transformation of Germany’s Position in the Eurozone Crisis: From Greek Bailouts to Eurobonds Axel Hülsemeyer 5. Economic crisis, crisis of support? How macro-economic performance shapes citizens’ support for the EU (1973-2014) Céline Belot and Isabelle Guinaudeau Latin American Regional Integration 6. Economic crisis and regionalism in Central America: a path dependent logic of failure Kevin Parthenay 7. The contingency of agenda setting in the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Olivier Dabène 8. Reinforcing or ignoring the supranational level during crises? Brazilian parties’ views on regionalism Clarissa Dri Asian Regional Integration 9. Crisis and Regional integration: human rights and environmental governance in ASEAN Reuben Wong 10. ASEAN and the Response to Regional Crisis: the Limits of Integration Shaun Narine 11. Crises, Citizens and Regional Integration in Southeast Asia Kelly Gerard 12. Regional integration in times of crises: power, institutional density and the people. A Conclusion Sabine Saurugger and Fabien Terpan

About the Editors

Sabine Saurugger is Professor of Political Science and Research Dean at Sciences Po Grenoble, France. Her research focuses on theoretical approaches to European integration, interest groups and public policy, and more recently, the interplay between politics and law in the European Union.

Fabien Terpan is Associate Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po Grenoble, France, visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin, and the holder of a Jean Monnet Chair. He is also Deputy Director of the CESICE (Center for the study of international security and European cooperation) and has published widely on EU law, European external action, and the interplay between law and politics in the European Union.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Challenges, Crises and Dissent in World Politics

This new series focuses on major issues that have surfaced in recent years, and which will pose significant and complex challenges to inter/national politics in the next few decades. While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are particularly interested in book proposals that explore dissent and crises in world politics and challenge our current understanding of global order. We are open to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches including critical and postmodern studies and further relate to following themes:

  • The challenge to Western hegemony - The rise of China, India, Brazil and the revival of Russia have powerful impacts on the nature of what has long been regarded as a fixed point in IR – a common (Western, and mainly liberal) understanding of global order. The growing self-confidence of the BRICS and others as well as the emerging focus on everyday phenomena and subnational actors/groups in international politics, however, show that Western dominant views are increasingly questioned. Can a common foundation of values, ideas and interests emerge from these multifaceted challenges to Western power and values?
  • The challenge to inter/national and regional governability - The economic recession, environmental problems such as climate change, the decision of the American-led coalition to go to war in Iraq without Security Council approval, the threat of ISIS, the failure of the EU Constitution and later the Lisbon Treaty to secure popular approval and the inability of the UN to make much difference to many problems have all exposed serious deficiencies in the regional and global governance instruments that many once saw as the basis of a ‘new world order’. Is this merely a pause in an inevitable progress towards further global and regional integration or are we facing some more fundamental problems associated with the rise of multiple heterogonous and intertwined orders in global politics? How do these increasing frictions and crises impede the maintenance of national coherence in Western and non-Western states?
  • Ideologies, Religion, Nationalism and Extremism - A consequence of globalisation has been an attempt to reaffirm various local or particular identities in response to perceived challenges of globalisation, such as migration, economic restructuring, the spread of Western values and the decline of traditional morality. Illustrations of this phenomenon include the rise of Islamist politics as well as other forms of religious fundamentalism, the emergence of protest movements on the ground and growing digital communities, the rise of far right parties/groups in many countries and the question of internet and information security. How might these phenomena damage the prospects of a shared multilateral (or global?) framework of assumptions and common interests that most would see as essential to effective global governance?
  • Changing World and the lack of leadership – The world we are living in is characterized by a growing amount of uncertainties. Crises and contingency seem to emerge as the "new normal" of inter/national politics. It is thus increasingly hard for political leaders to translate power into outcomes. In this book series, we also invite contributions by former or current practitioners, policy advisors and scholars who are working in the field of academic/policy-divide to elaborate particularly their view on dissent and crises in current world affairs.

If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Series on Dissent and Crises in World Politics, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:

Karoline Postel-Vinay [email protected]

Nadine Godehardt [email protected]

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