- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Framework of the Handbook and Conceptual Clarifications
- Old, New, and Comparative Regionalism: The History and Scholarly Development of the Field
- Theorizing Regionalism: Cooperation, Integration, and Governance
- Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Regionalism
- The Diffusion of Regionalism
- Regionalism Beyond EU-Centrism
- North America and the Transatlantic Area
- Latin America
- North Africa and the Middle East
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Regional Security Governance
- Regional Trade Governance
- Regional Monetary and Financial Governance
- Regional Development Governance
- Regional Social and Gender Governance
- Regional Environmental Governance
- Regional Migration Governance
- Regional Human Rights and Democracy Governance
- Regional Institutional Design
- Regional Dispute Settlement
- Regional Identities and Communities
- The Legitimacy of Regional Institutions
- Inter- and Transregionalism
- Three Cheers for Comparative Regionalism
- Index of Names
- Index of Subjects
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter provides a historically contextualized overview about the relationship between regionalism and development. The concept of regional development governance (RDG) is used to refer to the various ways in which state and non-state actors from within a region produce policies to accommodate development-related issues. Focusing on the emergence, institutional design, and effects of RDG in different regional contexts, the chapter shows how regional and sub-regional development banks, regional organizations, regional funds, and other kinds of state and non-state actors actively engage in the design of developmental policies. RDG initiatives act as mechanisms to pool and leverage financial resources—not only from OECD countries—to deliver collective goods ranging from infrastructure connectivity to regulatory harmonization according to regionally defined policy priorities. In these initiatives, the developmental policies are both triggered by and contributing to processes of regional integration.
Laszlo Bruszt is Professor of Sociology, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
Stefano Palestini is a Research Associate, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
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