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Title Intersecting interregionalism : regions, global governance and the EU / Francis Baert, Tiziana Scaramagli, Fredrik Söderbaum, editors
Published Dordrecht : Springer, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 196 pages) : illustrations
Series United Nations University Series on Regionalism, 2214-9856 ; volume 7
United Nations University series on regionalism ; v. 7. 2214-9848
Contents 1. Introduction: Intersecting Interregionalism / Francis Baert, Tiziana Scaramagli and Fredrik Söderbaum -- PART I. THEORISING INTERREGIONALISM -- 2. Interregionalism and International Relations: Reanimating an Obsolescent Research Agenda? / Jürgen Rüland -- 3. Interregionalism and the European Union: Conceptualising Group-to-Group Relations / Mathew Doidge -- 4. Regional Actorship: A Comparative Approach to Interregionalism / Björn Hettne -- 5. Interregionalism: A Security Studies Perspective / Ruth Hanau Santini, Sonia Lucarelli and Marco Pinfari -- PART II. REGIONAL ACTORS AND STRATEGIES -- 6. The European Union and the Contradictions of Complex Interregionalism / Alan Hardacre and Michael Smith -- 7. The Impact of the Iberian States on European Union-Latin American Interregionalism / Sebastian Santander -- 8. How Does the European Parliament Contribute to the Construction of the EU's Interregional Dialogue? / Olivier Costa and Clarissa Dri -- 9. The Court of Justice of the European Union and Other Regional Courts / Stefaan Smis and Stephen Kingah -- 10. Conclusion / Francis Baert, Tiziana Scaramagli and Fredrik Söderbaum
Summary "This book has two mutually reinforcing aims/parts. The first aim is to contribute to a more productive debate between different theoretical standpoints. There is surprisingly little theoretical and conceptual debate in this burgeoning field, which is one major reason for the failure to fully grasp the diversity of today's interregionalism. Too often theorists speak past each other, without really engaging with alternative theoretical perspectives or competing research results. Indeed, this book constitutes the first systematic attempt to bring together leading theories and theorists of interregionalism. Leading scholars from around the world develop their own distinctive theoretical perspectives on interregionalism, with a particular emphasis on the dynamic relationship between regionalism and interregionalism. These highly acclaimed theorists have all been associated over the years with a variety of disciplines, institutions, schools and debates and so bring a rich set of insights and connections to this pioneering project. The second part of the book 'unpacks' and problematises the region, the driving actors and institutions that are engaged in interregional relations. There is a strong tendency in the field to treat regions as coherent units actors in an interregional relationship, and such simplified notions about 'regions' and 'regional organisations' necessarily result in superficial and misleading understandings of interregionalism. This part of the book connects the theoretical discussion in the first part with a manageable empirical object."--Publisher's description
Intersecting Interregionalism moves beyond narrow understandings of regions and interregionalism that dominate the research field by focusing on the polymorphous nature of the concepts under study, theoretical advances and the empirical challenges ahead. Written by leading experts in the field, the ultimate aim of the book is to contribute to a more relevant and nuanced comparative research agenda on interregionalism in Europe and elsewhere. The volume is divided into two parts. The first provides an overview of several distinctive theoretical perspectives, with particular emphasis on the dynamic relationship between regions and interregionalism. The second part of the book uncovers the diversity of regional actors and institutions that are engaged in the creation of contemporary interregionalism. The EU is used as an entry point and detailed case studies explore the role of EU member states, the Council, the Commission, the European Parliament and the Court of Justice, in order to map out a patchwork of intersecting interregionalisms around the world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Interregionalism.
Regionalism -- European Union countries.
European Union countries -- Foreign relations.
Europe -- Foreign relations.
Form Electronic book
Author Baert, Francis, editor
Scaramagli, Tiziana, editor
Söderbaum, Fredrik, editor
ISBN 9400775660 (electronic bk.)
9789400775664 (electronic bk.)