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Regionalism and Multilateralism

Politics, Economics, Culture, 1st Edition

Edited by José Luís de Sales Marques, Thomas Meyer, Mario Telò


256 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book discusses the impact of cultural diversities and identities on regional and interregional cooperation, as well as on multilateralism.

Employing a comparative approach to organizations such as ASEAN, MERCOSUR, SAARC, and the African and European Unions, this volume seeks to understand their distinctive features and patterns of interaction. It also explores the diffusion of multidimensional interregional relations, including but not limited to the field of trade. Scholars from several disciplines and four continents offer insights concerning the consequences of both multiple modernities and the rise of authoritarian populism for regionalism, inter-regionalism, and multilateralism. Among alternative possible scenarios for global governance, the "new multilateralism" receives special attention.

This book will be of key interest to European/EU studies, economics, history, cultural studies, international relations, international political economy, security studies, and international law.


"As the world debates the future shape of international order, this volume, bringing together some of the best academic scholars on regionalism, offers a feast of ideas about how different actors and forces might reshape modernity, and redefine the theory and practice of multilateralism." - Amitav Acharya, American University, USA.

"This innovative edited volume is not only collecting the best worldwide specialists of regional cooperation and interregional relations, but it also provides us with inspiring inputs beyond the epistemic community of scholars, policy makers and citizens who are interested and committed to the construction of a new post-hegemonic, multilayered and more legitimate multilateralism." - Maria Joao Rodrigues, President of the Foundation European Progressive Studies, Belgium.

"This is a wonderful and inspiring book on the concepts, perceptions and realities of regionalisms in our globalised world. It contrasts competitive and cooperative regionalism and outlines a vision of cooperative multipolarity." - Eun-Jeung Lee, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany.

Table of Contents


José Luís de Sales Marques


Thomas Meyer and Mario Telò

PART I: Multiple Modernities and Regional/Interregional Multilateralism

1. Constrained Diversity: Modernities, regionalism, and polyvalent globalism in world politics

Peter J. Katzenstein

2. Multiple Modernities and Regional Multilateralism: A political-cultural point of view

Thomas Meyer

3. Transnational Governance and Multiple Multilateralisms

Yaqing Qin

4. Regional Diversities, Interregional/Transnational Dialogues, and the New Multilateralism

Mario Telò

PART II: History and Drivers of Regional Cooperation: Trade, identity, security

5. The Future of Regionalism: Competing varieties of regional cooperation

Andrew Gamble

6. The Evolution of Competitive Latin-American regionalism

Louise Fawcett

PART III: Case studies: Competing Regionalisms or Pluralistic and Post-hegemonic Multilateralism?

7. Russia and Eurasian Regionalism: How does it fit into comparative regionalism research?

Alexander Libman

8. China’s Multilateralism in Central Asia and Southeast Asia: A relational perspective

Jianwei Wang and Weiqing Song

9. South Asia between Nationalism and Regionalism

Umma Salma Bava

10. Multilateralizing Regionalism in East Asia

Moonsung Kang

11. The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM): Multilateral interregionalism beyond trade relations

Evi Fitriani

12. Is the World Ready for a Cooperative Multipolarity?

Antonio de Aguiar Patriota

About the Editors

Thomas Meyer is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and Editor-in-Chief of the monthly political magazine Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte.

José Luís de Sales Marques is President of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM).

Mario Telò is the Jean Monnet Chair of International Relations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Rome’s LUISS, and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Brussels.

About the Series

Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism

Established and edited by Professor Mario Teló (ULB & LUISS) and Frederik Ponjaert (ULB & Waseda), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) sponsored GEM Series published by Routledge brings together original peer-reviewed publications on: "Globalisation, Europe, and Multilateralism"

The series offers an interdisciplinary platform for original peer-reviewed publications on the institutions, norms and practices associated with Globalisation, Multilateralism and the European Union. Each published volume delves into a given dynamic shaping either the global-regional nexus or the role of the EU therein. It offers original insights into: globalisation and its associated governance challenges; the changing forms of multilateral cooperation and the role of transnational networks; the impact of new global powers and the corollary multipolar order; the lessons born from comparative regionalism and interregional partnerships; as well as the distinctive instruments the EU mobilises in its foreign policies and external relations.

The GEM Series’ edited volumes, monographs and textbooks all aim at contributing to further innovation in the fields of European Integration and International Studies. An International Advisory Board with leading scholars from across all five continents further supports the series with input and guidance.

Proposals for, and any contact about, the series in the first instance should be addressed to:

Series editor Professor Mario Teló [email protected]

Series Manager Dr Frederik Ponjaert [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural