1st Edition

Interregionalism and the European Union A Post-Revisionist Approach to Europe's Place in a Changing World

    486 Pages
    by Routledge

    486 Pages
    by Routledge

    Is the EU isolated within the emergent multipolar world? Concentrating on interregional relations and focussing on the European Union’s (EU) evolving international role with regards to regional cooperation, this innovative book collects a set of fresh empirical analyses of interregional ties binding the EU with its Eastern and Southern neighbourhood, as well as with Asia, Africa and the Americas. The 25 leading authors from 5 continents have contributed original and diverse chapters and the book advances a novel theoretical ‘post-revisionist’ approach beyond both the Eurocentrism of ‘Europe First’ perspectives as well as the Euroscepticism of those advocating to simply move ’Beyond Europe’. After a Foreword by A. Acharya, the book’s five sections reflect the main drivers of EU interregional policies: The European Union as a Sophisticated Laboratory of Regional and Interregional Cooperation (with chapters by M. Telò, L. Fawcett and T. Risse), De Facto Drivers of Regionalism (F. Ponjaert, M. Shu, A. Valladão and C. Jakobeit), De Jure Drivers of Regionalism (S. Lavenex, G. Finizio, C. Jakobeit, R. Coman, C. Cocq & S. Teo L-Shah), Cognitive Drivers of Regionalism (J. Rüland, E. Fitriani, S. Stavridis & S. Kingah, P. Bacon), and Instrumental Drivers of Regionalism (B. Delcourt, C. Olsson & G. Müller, A. Malamud & P. Seabra and L. Fioramonti & J. Kostopoulos).


    Louise Fawcett, Frederik Ponjaert and Mario Telò

    Part I: European Integration studies as a Reference for Regional and Interregional Cooperation

    1. Contribution to a Periodization of Comparative Regionalist Studies

    Mario Telò

    2. Regionalism by Emulation: Considerations across Time and Space

    Louise Fawcett

    3. The EU and the Diffusion of Regionalism

    Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse

    4. Three Reasons for Reassuring the Autonomy of a Regionalist and Interregionalist Research Agenda

    Mario Telò

    Part II: European Interregionalism and De Facto Drivers of Regional Cooperation

    5. The EU and Economic Regionalism in East Asia

    Min Shu

    6. Europe and Latin America: Differing Routes for Regional Integration

    Alfredo G.A. Valladão

    7. Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with Sub-Saharan Africa

    Cord Jakobeit

    Part III: European Interregionalism and De Jure Drivers of Regioanl Cooperation

    8. The EU and the Promotion of Democracy through Interregional Relations

    Giovanni Finizio

    9. Interregionalism in EU External Migration Policies

    Sandra Lavenex

    10. Countering Terrorism: Challenges and Opportunities in ASEAN-EU Cooperation

    Céline Cocq and Sarah Teo

    11. Drivers of Interregional Cooperation: The Rise and Consolidation of a European Rule of Law Regime

    Ramona Coman and Frederik Panjaert

    Part IV: European Interregionalism and Cognitive Drivers of Regional Cooperation

    12. European Norms Torn: Between the Universal and Regional Levels

    Barbara Delcourt

    13. The European Union's Interregional Human Rights Strategies in Northeast and Southeast Asia: Learning Lessons from Localization

    Paul Bacon

    14. ASEAN and EU Cooperative Culture in the Asia-Europe Meeting

    Evi Fitriani

    15. The Unintended Consequences of Interregional Democracy Promotion: Normative and Conceptual Misunderstandings in EU-ASEAN Relations

    Jürgen Rüland

    16. The European Parliament and Interregional Dialogue: The Case of Responsibility to Protect

    Stelios Stavridis and Stephen Kingah

    Part V: European Interregionalism and Instrumental Drivers of Regional Cooperation

    17. The EU and NATO's Comprehensive Approaches in Afghanistan and Somalia: Interregional or Intraregional?

    Christian Olsson and Gustavo G. Müller

    18. Challenging the Poltiical and Security Dimensions of the EU-LAC Relationship

    Andrés Malamud and Pedro Seabra

    19. EU-Africa Interregional Relations and the Role of South Africa

    Lorenzo Fioramonti and John Kotsopoulos


    Louise Fawcett, Frederik Ponjaert and Mario Telò


    Mario Telò Emeritus President of the Institute for European Studies (IEE-ULB). Professor of International relations, at ULB, as Jean Monnet Chair ad personam and at LUISS Guido Carli-Rome and Member of The Royal Academy of Sciences.

    Louise Fawcett is Professor of International Relations and Wilfrid Knapp Fellow and Tutor in Politics at St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

    Frederik Ponjaert is Researcher and Lecturer at the IEE-ULB and the KULeuven, and Associate Lecturer in Comparative Regionalism at SciencesPo, Paris.

    'This excellent book, focusing on agreements between the EU and its partners, provides a theoretically and empirically rich analysis of different forms of interregionalism. By systematically building on previous research in this area, it provides insights that will stimulate both academic and policy debate.' Vinod K. Aggarwal, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

    'Breaking with traditional approaches, this book analyses the EU as a laboratory of experiments in regional and interregional cooperation. It is a major new contribution to regionalism studies and will be essential reading both for its fresh insights and the quality of its contributors.' Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield, UK