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Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe
Convergence or Divergence?

ISBN 9780415479745
Published April 29, 2009 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

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



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