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The New International Relations of Sub-Regionalism

Asia and Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Hidetoshi Taga, Seiichi Igarashi


240 pages | 45 B/W Illus.

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In the context of the end of the Cold War and the spread of globalism, sub-regions are attracting attention as new social units of international society never before observed. In the "second wave" of regionalism that became active in the 1980s, a new regionalism, which differed qualitatively from the old regionalism, expanded globally. This "new regionalism" is characterized by multi-dimensionality, complexity, fluidity, and non-conformity, and within it we cannot overlook the fact that spaces on a new scale, such as sub-regions, are being formed in various parts of the world. The sovereign state system that has continued unbroken since the Westphalia Treaty is being transformed, and within this context, the increase in the number of sub-regions as new social units adds to the sense that we have arrived at a post-Westphalian international order.

This book focuses on sub-region as a new social unit of international society. It is based on the findings obtained through meticulous fieldwork and joint studies conducted over the past 10 years by about 20 researchers, primarily from Japanese universities and Chiang Mai University, Thailand. The sub-regions described here are mostly international cross-border spaces or units in the interior of a certain region, which include: multiple states, states and parts of states, or more than two parts of states (often referred to as micro-regions). Such sub-regions have been formed in various parts of the world since the end of the Cold War. However, studies on sub-regions remain unexplored in the existing studies of regionalism. The few studies that do exist mainly focus on the economic aspects of sub-regions. In contrast, this book will specifically examine the sub-regions in Asia (especially the Mekong region and Europe) as main cases from a political science and international relations perspective, aiming to establish a new/alternative international relations by carving out a political angle of sub-region as a new social unit of international society and attempting to shift the paradigm of conventional international relations. To understand the political dimension of a sub-region, this book will mainly focus on three aspects: sub-regions and state strategies, bottom-up dimension of sub-regions, and sub-regions and borders.

Table of Contents


Notes on contributors


Introduction: A New Framework for Understanding Sub-Regions/Sub-Regionalism (Hidetoshi Taga and Seiichi Igarashi)

  1. Toward a New Analytical Framework of Subregions: Cross-scale Regional Governance (Hidetoshi Taga and Hideo Kojimoto)
  2. Small States’ Strategies in the Mekong Region: Perspectives from Laos (Yuji MORIKAWA)
  3. Alternative Mekong Regionalism: From the Perspective of Regional Hegemony and Civil Society (Seiichi Igarashi)
  4. Civil Society vs. GMS States in Terms of Infrastructure and Hydropower Development Projects (Kosum Saichan and Hiroshi Komatsu)
  5. Changing Borderland Local Communities with Development of the GMS Program (Ekamol Saichan)
  6. The Mekong Region and Changing Borders: A Focus on the CBTA and BCPs (Tetsu Sadotomo and Kenji Nakayama)
  7. Normative Politics in the European Union’s External Actions: The Case of ENI Cross-Border Cooperation (Yoichiro Usui)
  8. Sub Regionalism in the Border Regions between the EU and Russia (Kazu Takahashi)
  9. The Parallel Evolution of Functional Macroregions and Cross-scale Regional Governance as Emerging Political Instruments in the North Sea Region (Hideo Kojimoto, Yoshitaka Ota, and Ann Bell)


About the Editors

Hidetoshi Taga is Professor of Social Sciences at Waseda University, Japan

Seiichi Igarashi is Associate Professor in Graduate School of Social Sciences at Chiba University, Japan

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World

Routledge Studies on Asia in the World will be an authoritative source of knowledge on Asia studying a variety of cultural, economic, environmental, legal, political, religious, security and social questions, addressed from an Asian perspective. We aim to foster a deeper understanding of the domestic and regional complexities which accompany the dynamic shifts in the global economic, political and security landscape towards Asia and their repercussions for the world at large. We’re looking for scholars and practitioners – Asian and Western alike – from various social science disciplines and fields to engage in testing existing models which explain such dramatic transformation and to formulate new theories that can accommodate the specific political, cultural and developmental context of Asia’s diverse societies. We welcome both monographs and collective volumes which explore the new roles, rights and responsibilities of Asian nations in shaping today’s interconnected and globalized world in their own right.

We are particularly interested in books that demonstrate interdisciplinary and holistic thinking; rigorous and creative research; cross-fertilization of Western and Asian thought; and/or a grass-roots approach.

While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are currently inviting book proposals which address the following areas:

    • Global Governance in Asia
    • Dispute Resolution in Asia
    • Asia and International Peacekeeping
    • Human Rights in Asia
    • SustainableDevelopment Goals in Asia
    • Religion in Asia

If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Studies on Asia in the World, please send a written proposal to the Editor in Chief:

Matthias Vanhullebusch

Series Editors:

Dr. Matthias Vanhullebusch – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Prof. Dr. Ji Weidong– Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Editorial Board:

Prof. Dr. Vinod K. Aggarwal – University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Dr. Jing Men – College of Europe

Prof. Dr. Yaqing Qin– China Foreign Affairs University

Prof. Dr. Javaid Rehman – Brunel University

Prof. Dr. Gurharpal Singh – School of Oriental and African Studies

Prof. Dr. R. Sudarshan – Jindal Global University

Prof. Dr. Nira Wickramasinghe – Leiden University

Prof. Dr. Lanxin Xiang – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Prof. Dr. Simon Young – Hong Kong University 

Professor Danny Quah - National University of Singapore


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General