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Re-thinking regionalism: Europe and East Asia in comparative historical perspective

Beeson, M. (2005) Re-thinking regionalism: Europe and East Asia in comparative historical perspective. Journal of European Public Policy, 12 ( 6). pp. 969-85. ISSN 1350 1763

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Abstract

Regionally based processes of political and economic integration, security co-operation, and even social identification have become increasingly important and prominent parts of the international system. Nowhere have such processes gone further than in Western Europe. Somewhat surprisingly, similar patterns of regional integration have been steadily developing in East Asia - a region many observers consider unlikely to replicate the European experience. This paper uses an historically grounded comparative approach to examine the historical preconditions that underpinned the formation of the European Union, and then contrasts them with the situation in East Asia today. While the overall geopolitical and specific national contexts are very different, such an analysis highlights surprising similarities and differences, particularly in the role played by the United States in both periods. A comparative analysis allows us to understand and rethink the incentives for, and constraints on, regional integrative processes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: ASEAN + 3; East Asia; European Union; hegemony; regionalism; United States; Western Europe
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2009 14:24
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2009 14:24
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501760500270620
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/13501760500270620
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6636

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