1st Edition

The Performance of Regionalism in the Global South A Multi-level Analysis

Edited By Johannes Muntschick, Friedrich Plank Copyright 2025
    272 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume collects and combines research on regional integration projects beyond Europe and in the Global South across a wide range of policy issues. Given the plurality and diversity of regional organisations, there is a growing need to systematically analyse, assess and explain the performance of regionalism. Acknowledging the considerable differences in settings, institutional design, and politico-economic environment of regional organisations, the expert contributors move beyond EU-centric notions to offer a profound overview and propose new dimensions of innovative performance research.  Systematic and in-depth research from Eurasia, Asia, Africa, and Latin America on organisations such as the Eurasian Economic Union, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Indian Ocean Commission, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, African Union, and the Organisation of American States, enables us to identify the conditions and determinants that shape performance across regions, actors, policy areas, and settings.

    The book provides readily accessible, important, and novel information to students and scholars of political science, international relations, EU and European studies, peace and conflict studies, comparative regionalism, interregional and inter-organizational studies, area studies, and persons interested in specific policy fields such as trade, security, or development policy.

    Part I

    Introduction – Conceptualising and Assessing the Performance of Regionalism


    1) Conceptualizing the Performance of Regionalism beyond Europe: Addressing Challenges and Assessing Empirical Evidence in a Complex Setting (Friedrich Plank and Johannes Muntschick)


    Part II

    Case Studies – Explaining the Performance of Regionalism in the Global South


    2) The Counterintuitive Logic of Authoritarian Regionalism: (Non-)Performance of Eurasian Regional Organizations (Alexander Libman)


    3) The Performance of Regionalism in South Asia: SAARC and Beyond (Pascaline Winand)


    4) Middle Power and Regionalism: Implications of India’s Joining Indian Ocean Commission (Samir Bhattacharya)


    5) Performing Regionalism or Performing Performance? The Case of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (Etienne Höra)


    6) The African Union's International Actorness: Determinants of Autonomous Performance in Extra-Regional Dialogues (Georg Lammich)


    7) APSA Performance through the Lens of the AU-RECs/RMs Cooperation: An Architecture with no Architect? (Amandine Gnanguênon)


    8) AU and SADC Cooperation in Promotion of Peace and Security in Africa: Threats of Conflicts of Interest from a Legal Perspective (Jacob Lisakafu)


    9) The performance of the Organisation of American States and the African Union in democracy protection (Haroldo Ramanzini Júnior and Bruno Theodoro Luciano)


    10)  Central American Regionalism in Times of Insecurity: Performing Between Bureaucratization and Ad-Hoc Dynamism (Thomas Plötze)


    Part III           Conclusions


    11) Explaining the performance of regionalism in the Global South and its conditions (Johannes Muntschick and Friedrich Plank)


    Johannes Muntschick is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany. His research interests include regional and global governance institutions, regionalism and external influence, EU-Africa relations and politics in sub-Saharan Africa. His research has been published in books and in various international and national journals, including the Journal of Common Market Studies, Middle East Policy and the Politische Vierteljahresschrift. He is editor of the book Regionalism in Africa and External Partners: Uneven Relationships and (Un)Intended Effects (Palgrave, 2022).

    Friedrich Plank is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany. His main research interests include comparative regionalism, international organisations, Africa-EU interregionalism, and the governance of regime complexity. His work has been published, among others, in International Studies Review, Journal of Common Market Studies, European Security, or Journal of European Integration. He is author of Evaluating the Africa-EU Partnership on Peace and Security (2022, Palgrave).