- 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 examines Asian regionalism and provides a survey of influential literature in a field that has become more important over the last decade. It argues that one of the most puzzling features of Asian regionalism is its relative lack of formal institutionalization, despite relatively high levels of regionalization. Although various works on the overall characteristics of Asian regionalism have attempted to explain this prevalent phenomenon, the authors find none of them compelling. They provide a novel interpretation of this puzzle by integrating two major approaches: the literature on developmental states and diffusion approaches in International Political Economy (IPE) and international relations. They argue that the state serves as an entity that effectively transmits, controls, and balances different forces. The role and the capacity of the state accounts not only for the limited amount of delegation, but also a more recent phenomenon among Asia’s institutions: institutional emulation.
Anja Jetschke is Professor of International Relations, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.
Saori N. Katada is Associate Professor at the School of International Relations, the University of Southern California.
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