Constructing communities: the curious case of East Asian regionalism

Jones, D. M. and Smith, M. L. R. (2007) Constructing communities: the curious case of East Asian regionalism. Review of International Studies, 33 1: 165-186. doi:10.1017/S026021050700736X

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Author Jones, D. M.
Smith, M. L. R.
Title Constructing communities: the curious case of East Asian regionalism
Journal name Review of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2105
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S026021050700736X
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 165
End page 186
Total pages 22
Editor Rengger, N.
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
360199 Political Science not elsewhere classified
750701 Understanding international relations
Abstract The prevailing scholarly orthodoxy regarding recent diplomatic initiatives in the Asia-Pacific assumes that East Asia is evolving into a distinctive regional community. The orthodoxy attributes this development to the growing influence of the diplomatic practices espoused by the Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN) and its related institutions. However, a paradox remains, namely: despite the failure of ASEAN's distinctive practice to fulfil its rhetorical promise in Southeast Asia both immediately prior to and in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis in 1997, it is nevertheless considered sufficient to validate the projection of ASEAN defined norms onto a wider Pacific canvas. This study analyses how an academic preference for constructivism has misinterpreted the growth in official rhetoric extolling East Asian regionalism since 1997 in a way that has helped produce and reinforce this paradox. By contrast, we contend that government declarations of a developing East Asian identity actually serve to obscure the continuation of traditional interstate relations and do not herald any wider, let alone inexorable, movement towards an integrated regional community.
Keyword International Relations
Q-Index Code C1

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