By Tanja A. Borzel, Thomas Risse
The Oxford guide of Comparative Regionalism - the 1st of its sort - deals a scientific and wide-ranging survey of the scholarship on regionalism, regionalization, and local governance.
Unpacking the most important debates, top authors of the sphere synthesize the state-of-the-art, supply a consultant to the comparative research of regionalism, and establish destiny avenues of analysis. Twenty-seven chapters assessment the theoretical and empirical scholarship in regards to the emergence of regionalism, the institutional layout of neighborhood enterprises and issue-specific governance, in addition to the results of regionalism and its courting with tactics of regionalization. The authors discover theories of cooperation, integration, and diffusion explaining the increase and the various different types of regionalism. The instruction manual additionally discusses the state-of-the-art at the global areas: North the USA, Latin the United States, Europe, Eurasia, Asia, North Africa and the center East, and Sub-Saharan Africa. a number of chapters survey the literature on nearby governance in significant factor parts resembling safety and peace, exchange and finance, surroundings, migration, social and gender guidelines, in addition to democracy and human rights. eventually, the guide engages in cross-regional comparisons with reference to institutional layout, dispute payment, identities and groups, legitimacy and democracy, in addition to inter- and transregionalism.
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The governance framework allows for theorizing “beyond the state” and for including different kinds of actors and different—non-hierarchical—modes of steering and policy-making. It is well suited to conceptualize regional orders as integrating both state-led regionalism and society- or market-driven regionalization. Fifth, the Handbook intends to broaden the perspective on comparative regionalism by establishing that there is more to it than trade and security. While the end of the Cold War saw an explosive proliferation of preferential trade agreements, established forms of economic or security regionalism have taken on new functions (Börzel, 2013).
Peter M. Haas is Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. Kathleen J. Hancock is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Liberal Arts and International Studies Division, Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO, USA. Christof Hartmann is Professor of Political Science, International Studies and Development Cooperation, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Liesbet Hooghe is Professor of Political Science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Anja Jetschke is Professor of International Relations, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.
We demonstrate in this Handbook that such inter-regional comparisons yield new insights into the emergence, institutional design, and effectiveness of regionalism by highlighting both similarities and differences of regions (see Parts III and IV of this Handbook). However, rather than treating regions as “containers,” which exist in splendid isolation of each other, we seek to do justice to mutual entanglements and diffusion processes between regions (see Chapter 5 by Risse and Chapter 26 by Ribeiro Hoffmann, this volume).