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

ISBN 9781472473264
Published March 29, 2016 by Routledge
486 Pages

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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).

Table of Contents


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


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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