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Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation

New Evidence from Four Continents, 1st Edition

Edited by Elisabetta Nadalutti, Otto Kallscheuer


182 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the nature of regions and how they function, particularly at the local and micro-level. Whilst recent years have seen a resurgence in debates around the roles which regions can play in development, the focus has tended to be on 'macro' regional institutions such as the EU, ASEAN, ECOWAS or MERCOSUR. In contrast, this book offers a nuanced analysis of the important field of sub-regionalism and sub-national cross-border cooperation.

Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation takes a fresh look at both theoretical and empirical approaches to ‘region-making’ through cooperation activities at the micro-level across national borders in Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The book aims to explore the role that institutional dynamics play at the micro-level in shaping local and global ties, investigate what the formal and informal integration factors are that bolster regionalism and regionalization processes, and to clarify to what extent, and under what conditions, cooperation at the micro-level can be instrumental to solving common problems.

Scholars and students within politics, sociology, geography, and economics would find this book an important guide to regionalism at a micro-local level perspective.

Table of Contents

Introduction - region- making, cooperation and its normative dimension Elisabetta Nadalutti

PART I: Region making and Cooperation

Chapter 1 - Regionalism after Europe? A marginal question Otto Kallscheuer

Chapter 2 - Rethinking the links between micro-regions and macro-regions Fredrik Söderbaum

PART II Evidence from Four Continents

Chapter 3 - Critical beaches: Coastal erosion and geosociality in south-eastern Ghana Michael Flitner, Volker M. Heins and Johannes Herbeck

Chapter 4 - Outside-in region-building: the role of border integration zones in Andean regional integration Harlan Koff

Chapter 5 - Rethinking cross-border regional cooperation: A comparison of the China-Myanmar and China-Laos borderlands Xiangming Chen

PART III: The normative dimension of region-making through cooperation

Chapter 6 - The Normative Dimension of Regionalism and Refugee Policy in ASEAN and the EU Jens-Uwe Wunderlich

Chapter 7 - What are the ‘ethical values’ that underpin border cooperation in Europe and Southeast Asia? A reading of the Upper Adriatic Region and the Iskandar Malaysia border cases Elisabetta Nadalutti

Chapter 8 - The European Union and Challenges of Neighbourhood: Regional Cooperation Potentials Beyond Realist Geopolitics James Wesley Scott

Conclusions Otto Kallscheuer and Elisabetta Nadalutti

About the Editors

Elisabetta Nadalutti is an IAS WIRL-COFUND Fellow under the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme, University of Warwick, UK.

Otto Kallscheuer is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Global Cooperation Series

The Routledge Global Cooperation series develops innovative approaches to understanding, explaining and answering one of the most pressing questions of our time – how can cooperation in a culturally diverse world of nine billion people succeed?

We are rapidly approaching our planet’s limits, with trends such as advancing climate change and the destruction of biological diversity jeopardising our natural life support systems. Accelerated globalisation processes lead to an ever growing interconnectedness of markets, states, societies, and individuals. Many of today's problems cannot be solved by nation states alone. Intensified cooperation at the local, national, international, and global level is needed to tackle current and looming global crises.

This interdisciplinary series welcomes proposals from a wide range of disciplines such as international relations and global governance, environment and sustainability, development studies, international law, history, political theory or economy which develop theoretical, analytical, and normative approaches concerning pressing global cooperation questions. We favour books that take an interdisciplinary approach and appeal to an international readership comprised of scholars and postgraduate students.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (

Tobias Debiel, Claus Leggewie and Dirk Messner are Co-Directors of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Their research areas are, among others, Global Governance, Climate Change, Peacebuilding and Cultural Diversity of Global Citizenship. The three Co-Directors are, at the same time, based in their home institutions, which participate in the Centre, namely the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE, Messner) in Bonn, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF, Debiel) in Duisburg and The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI, Leggewie) in Essen.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General