Theorising regions through changes in statehood: rethinking the theory and method of comparative regionalism

Hameiri, Shahar (2013) Theorising regions through changes in statehood: rethinking the theory and method of comparative regionalism. Review of International Studies, 39 2: 313-335. doi:10.1017/S026021051100074X


Author Hameiri, Shahar
Title Theorising regions through changes in statehood: rethinking the theory and method of comparative regionalism
Journal name Review of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2105
1469-9044
Publication date 2013-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S026021051100074X
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 313
End page 335
Total pages 23
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract The study of regionalism is often characterised as too fragmented, plagued by disagreements over such fundamental matters as its ontological and epistemological premises, which also hinder efforts at substantive comparison of regionalisation processes. In this article it is argued that to overcome these problems, what is required is a more rigorous incorporation of such studies within relevant work in state theory and political geography. The key insight herein is that regionalism should not be studied separately from the state as these are interrelated phenomena. State-making and regionalisation are both manifestations of contested political projects aimed at shaping the territorial, institutional, and/or functional scope of political rule. Furthermore, the article also distils the lines of a mechanismic methodology for comparative regionalism. Its main advantage is in overcoming the implicit benchmarking of regional development we find in other approaches. The framework's utility is then demonstrated through a comparison of regional governance in Asia and Europe.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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