1st Edition

Regionalism in a Changing World Comparative Perspectives in the New Global order

Edited By Lorenzo Fioramonti Copyright 2013
    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    Regionalism has been a key feature of contemporary international relations. As the most successful case of regional integration, the European Union (EU) has been leading the international debate. Yet, in the past few years new regional practices have emerged in other continents, thus adding to the variety and scope of regionalization processes. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the state of regionalism in a global arena ever more dominated by emerging powers and shifting political/economic balances. Against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, which has invariably weakened Europe and its integration model, the book examines the pace of integration in Africa, Asia and South America, highlighting the opportunities and challenges that the new global order poses to contemporary regionalisms. Besides a number of empirical case studies focusing on the political, economic and legal aspects of regionalization, the book also discusses innovative theoretical approaches to the study of regionalism in a post-European context.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Spectator.

    1. Introduction: Regionalism in a changing world, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Research Unit for Euro-African Studies, University of Pretoria.

    2. Comparative regionalism: A field whose time has come?, Amitav Acharya, American University in Washington.

    3. Why we need to ‘unpack’ regions to better compare them, Luk Van Langenhove, UNU-CRIS.

    4. The global capitalist crisis and the future of the European project, Henk Overbeek, VU University.

    5. States, uncomfortable lodgers: Legal, political and cultural forces in the EU judicial integration, Daniela Piana (University of Bologna (Italy) and Institute for Judicial Studies UCL London.

    6. Africa’s regional evolution, emerging powers and the European Union: the end of asymmetrical partnerships, Francis A. Kornegay & Gerrit Olivier, Research Unit for Euro-African Studies, University of Pretoria.

    7. Rethinking the (European) foundations of sub-Saharan regional economic integration, Peter Draper, South African Institute of International Affairs.

    8. Legal harmonization in Africa: taking stock and moving forward, Magnus Killander, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

    9. Regional integration in Asia: a comparative perspective, Xinning Song, Renmin University of China.

    10. Pan-Asian Multilateralism rather than Intra-Asian Regionalism, David Camroux, Centre d’études et de recherches internationales, Sciences-Po.

    11. Has Regionalism Peaked? The Latin American Quagmire and its Lessons, Andrés Malamud (University of Lisbon) and Gian Luca Gardini.

    12. Conclusion: the future of regionalism, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Research Unit for Euro-African Studies, University of Pretoria.


    Lorenzo Fioramonti, PhD, is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). His recent publications include Regions and Crises (Palgrave 2012), European Union Democracy Aid (Routledge 2010) and External Perceptions of the European Union as a Global Actor (Routledge 2010).