Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe: Convergence or Divergence? (Paperback) book cover

Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe

Convergence or Divergence?

Edited by Bertrand Fort, Douglas Webber

Series Editor: Richard Higgott

© 2006 – Routledge

352 pages

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About the Book

A fascinating insight into how regional organizations in Europe and East Asia are currently grappling with a striking number of essentially similar challenges.

This issue-based overview of political integration focuses on the differences and similarities in regional integration levels and processes in the two regions, to examine how the long-term future, role and impact of organizations such as the EU and ASEAN may depend heavily on how well they deal with complex and conflict-laden issues in the next few years.

This volume analyzes the historical development, current state and prospective future evolution of political integration in the two regions. These leading authors identify key variables that account for the contrasting political integration levels, clearly demonstrating and explaining why the rhythm of integration in both regions varies. With contributions from both Asian and European scholars on each topic, this book delivers:

  • comparative rather than a single region focus
  • breakdowns of regional integration into key issue areas
  • analysis of monetary cooperation and integration
  • incisive assessments of institutional reform
  • key topics of enlargement, including: identity, distributional equity, the distribution of power and effectiveness or decision-making efficiency
  • discussion of regional and international security crises
  • expert scholarship from both European and Asian perspectives

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of IPE, international relations, political science, contemporary history and European studies and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

List of contributors


List of abbreviations


Douglas Webber and Bertrand Fort


The international context of regionalism

The theory and practice of region: Changing global context

Richard Higgott


Leadership and power in regional integration

France and Germany: The evolution of a European partnership

Ulrike Guérot

Leadership in the history of Southeast Asian integration: The role of

Indonesia in ASEAN

Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Leadership in institution building: The case of ASEAN+3

Shiping Tang


Economic and monetary cooperation and integration

The origins, launching and consequences of ‘1992’ and the Euro: The politics of economic and monetary integration in Europe

Jonathan Story

The Chiang Mai Initiative and prospects for closer monetary integration in East Asia

Natasha Hamilton-Hart


Conflict over institutional reform

The EU from Amsterdam via Nice to the Constitutional Treaty: Exploring

and explaining recent treaty reforms

Finn Laursen

The development of ASEAN’s diplomatic and security culture: Not beyond

‘flexible engagement’

Jürgen Haacke


Post-Cold War Enlargement

The challenge of asymmetry: origins, issues and implications of enlarging the European Union

Christian Tuschhoff

The Indo-Chinese enlargement of ASEAN: Enhancing or undermining regional economic integration?

Helen E.S. Nesadurai

The birth and growth of ASEAN+3

Takashi Terada


Security and regional crisis management

The elusive quest for a European security and defence policy: From crisis

management to security strategy

Jean-Yves Haine

Regional institutions and regional crises in East Asia: Moving away from the

‘comfort zone’?

Mely Caballero-Anthony



Regional integration in Europe and Asia: A historical perspective

Douglas Webber

Europe and Asia: Reflections on a tale of two regionalisms

Amitav Acharya

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (, the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.

Associate Editors:

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK

Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Australia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General