1st Edition

Rethinking Governance in Europe and Northeast Asia Multilateralism and Nationalism in International Society

By Uwe Wissenbach Copyright 2020
    236 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores how nationalism and multilateralism transform international society and global governance. It does so by comparing the governance model of the EU – a constitutionalised and increasingly polycentric form of multilateralism – with Northeast Asia. There nationalist administrations have resisted multilateral commitments and are locked into rivalries instead of pursuing a regional project.

    Both Europe and Northeast Asia can be seen as success stories of the late 20th/ early 21st centuries, but by having followed different approaches to international governance. The book traces these two trajectories through critical junctures in history to how both regions have dealt with the contemporary challenges of the financial crisis and climate change. During the financial crisis, Europe’s multilateral economic and monetary architecture revealed profound weaknesses whilst national policies allowed much of Northeast Asia to escape the worst of it. On climate change the European Union (EU) has developed effort-sharing governance models to reduce emissions, while Northeast Asian countries are relying on greening national industrial policy. The book argues that global governance has to find the balance between multilateralism and nationalism in order to find collaborative approaches to global challenges.

    This book provides a fresh take on the EU and on Northeast Asia and develops innovative concepts of international society and polycentric governance. Thus, it will be of considerable interest to researchers and students of global governance, international relations, EU and Asia Studies.

    1. Introduction: Multilateralism under attack from nationalism 

    2. International society and the diffusion of power in complexity 

    3. Nationalism, multilateralism and institutions of International society 

    4. Critical junctures on the pathway to European integration 

    5. European integration or disintegration in an era of nationalism 

    6. From Confucianism to nationalism in North East Asia 

    7. China, Japan, Korea trilateral cooperation: No way to regionalism? 

    8. Financial crises in the EU and NE Asia 

    9. The EU, NE Asia and polycentric governance of climate change: Live and let die? 

    10. Nationalism, multilateralism and role relationships in international polycentric governance


    Uwe Wissenbach studied at the London School of Economics, Mainz and Lille universities and was awarded his PhD in political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He is a career EU diplomat and a research associate at the Free University Brussel’s (ULB) Institute for European Studies.