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The New Politics of Regionalism

Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, 1st Edition

Edited by Ulf Engel, Heidrun Zinecker, Frank Mattheis, Antje Dietze, Thomas Plötze


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This edited volume approaches regionalism as one potential pattern in a changing global order. Since the end of the Cold War, different forms of territorialization have emerged and we are confronted with an increasing number and variety of actors that are establishing regional projects. This volume offers an innovative contribution to the study of this new complexity by exploring constellations of regional actors, spatial scales and imaginations beyond state-centred perspectives as well as on multiple, often overlapping levels.

The chapters analyse the emergence, trajectories and outcomes of regionalisms from the perspective of the Global South, specifically concentrating on regional projects in Latin America and Africa, but also in the Asia-Pacific. They attempt to identify the specific conditions and junctures of different forms of region-making in their external (global) and internal (local/national) dimensions. The volume also places special emphasis on interactions, spatial entanglements and comparisons between regionalisms in different parts of the world. By expanding beyond the perspective of North-South transfers, this book seeks to better understand the dynamics and diversity of interregional interactions.

This volume will appeal to scholars of global studies, international political economy, international relations, human geography, and development studies, as well as area studies specialists who focus on Latin America and Africa.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction – The challenge of emerging regionalisms outside of Europe

[Antje Dietze, Ulf Engel, Frank Mattheis, Thomas Plötze and Heidrun Zinecker]

Part 1: Logics and purposes of region-building

2 Towards modular regionalism: The proliferation of Latin American cooperation

[Gian Luca Gardini]

3 Towards bifurcated regionalism: The production of regional overlaps in Central Africa

[Frank Mattheis]

4 "Region in the making"? Security narratives and the negotiation of region in Central America

[Thomas Plötze]

5 Latin America and the building of regional public goods

[Clarissa Dri]

Part 2: Trajectories and entanglements of regionalisms in a global order

6 Is interregional AU-ASEAN diffusion in the South barren?

[Stephen Kingah and Charles Akong]

7 Regionalism in the Southwest Pacific: Globalization, Europe and the Trans-Tasman Single Economic Market

[John Leslie]

8 Persistence of regionalism in the face of economic and financial crisis? Institution-building in ASEAN, MERCOSUR and the EU

[Jens-Uwe Wunderlich]

Part 3: Region-building beyond the state

9 Modes of regional governance in Africa

[Ian Taylor and Fredrik Söderbaum]

10 The Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds, new regionalisms and the dynamics of (de/re)territorialization

[J. Andrew Grant]

11 Regionalism of armed groups and movements in Central Africa

[Angela Meyer and Gregor Giersch]

12 Navigating sovereign territoriality: The logic of regionalism in international police cooperation

[Nicholas Dietrich]

13 Conclusions

[Antje Dietze, Ulf Engel, Frank Mattheis, Thomas Plötze and Heidrun Zinecker]


About the Editors

Ulf Engel is professor at the Institute of African Studies and the Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Heidrun Zinecker is full professor and Chair for International Relations at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Frank Mattheis is a senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Antje Dietze is a senior researcher in the Collaborative Research Centre 'Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition' at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Thomas Plötze is a research associate at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (, the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.

Associate Editors:

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK

Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Malaysia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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