Much has been said about the driving forces of region-building processes or regionalization worldwide, yet few systematic and comparative studies have been conducted on how regions can contribute to the building of other regions - and more concretely, how the European Union has 'pushed' for regionalization worldwide. This comparative book investigates the impact that the EU has on regionalization elsewhere through its inter-regional relations. Covering agriculture, trade, ASEAN, NAFTA, MERCOSUR and Commonwealth amongst other topics, it investigates whether the EU contributes directly, as well as indirectly, to increased regional integration in different parts of the world.
'This important book fills a hole in the theory and practice of region-building, namely the unique and little understood role of the EU foreign policy of region-making throughout the world. It is systematic and solidly comparative and will provide a benchmark for further research on the new regionalism and world order.' BjÃ¶rn Hettne, University of GÃ¶teborg, Sweden 'This is an important and valuable book as it examines in a thorough manner the external impact of the EU’s regionalising impulse. It comprehensively brings together policymakers and scholars in a rich collection of case studies on a neglected area of regional integration studies. The authors present a rigorous analysis of the complexities and nuances of regionalism and inter-regionalism.' Philomena Murray, University of Melbourne, Australia