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European and East Asian Regionalism Critical Junctures and Historical Turning Points

By Jens-Uwe Wunderlich Copyright 2021
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Embedded in the evolving comparative regionalism literature, this book offers a systematic analysis of the factors positively and negatively influencing regional institution-building.

    The ruptures caused by the Eurozone crises, the coronavirus pandemic and by Brexit have renewed the interest in the impact of crises and critical junctures on regionalism here defined as regional institution-building. Drawing from critical juncture research and historical comparative analysis, this volume uses the cases of European and East Asian regional institution-building to systematically analyse institutional transformations during specific historical turning points and critical juncture moments. Wunderlich’s research offers an in-depth analysis of the interrelated drivers, spoilers and dissolvers of regional institution-building processes in Europe and East Asia, and addresses key questions including: Under what conditions does regionalism take hold? What is influencing the initial institutional design choices? What is the impact of historical experiences and well-entrenched norms and ideas? What are the roles of regional leaders? How do external factors influence regional institution-building? What turns a crisis into a critical juncture and are such junctures threats or opportunities? What accounts for variations in institutional responses to crisis events across different regional settings?

    This book will be a valuable resource for scholars of regionalism, region-building, regional governance and international relations of Europe and East Asia.


    Aims and Objectives

    Key Concepts

    Regions, Regionalisms and Regionalisation

    Great Power Politics, Globalisation and Regionalism

    Regional Institutions

    Structure of the Volume

    Chapter 1 Comparative Regionalism – Mapping the Theoretical Landscape


    Classical Integration Theories

    Second-Wave Theorising

    Current Trends - Comparative Regionalism


    Chapter 2 Post-1945 European Institution-Building


    Hegemonic Regionalism

    Post-1945 Europe – A New Momentum for Regional Institution-Building

    Hegemonic Support for Regional Institution-Building

    The Roles of Regional Core Countries


    Chapter 3 The Emergence of Regional Institutions in East Asia


    Regional Institution-Building in East Asia after 1945

    Northeast Asia

    Southeast Asia



    Chapter 4 European Institution-Building and the End of the Cold War


    The Single European Act and the Rejuvenation of Regional-Institution-Building in Europe (and Beyond)

    The End of the Cold War and European Regionalism – The Road to Maastricht


    Chapter 5 East Asian Regional Institution-Building after the Cold War


    The Early Years of ASEAN

    New Regionalism and East Asia


    Chapter 6 Financial Crisis, Critical Junctures and Institution-Building in East Asia and Europe


    The Asian Financial Crisis and East Asian Regionalism

    The Global Financial Crisis and European Integration


    Conclusions: Regional Institution-Building in the Twentieth Century – Evidence from Europe and East Asia


    Drivers, Spoilers and Dissolvers of Regional Institution-Building

    Regional Institution-Building in Post-Liberal Times


    Jens-Uwe Wunderlich  is Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. He holds degrees from the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and the University of East Anglia in Norwich. His research focuses on comparative regionalism, European integration, East Asian regionalism, forms of postnational actorness and the impact of crises on regional institution-building. His most recent research has been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of European Integration.