Rethinking regionalism: Europe and East Asia in comparative historical perspective

Beeson, Mark (2005) Rethinking regionalism: Europe and East Asia in comparative historical perspective. Journal of European Public Policy, 12 6: 969-985. doi:10.1080/13501760500270620

Author Beeson, Mark
Title Rethinking regionalism: Europe and East Asia in comparative historical perspective
Journal name Journal of European Public Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-1763
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13501760500270620
Volume 12
Issue 6
Start page 969
End page 985
Total pages 17
Editor Jeremy Richardson
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
360100 Political Science
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.
Keyword Public Administration
East Asia
European Union
United States
Western Europe
Q-Index Code C1

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