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Rethinking Regionalism in the 21st Century

Chapter in book
Authors Fredrik Söderbaum
Published in Global Politics in the 21st Century: Between Regional Cooperation and Conflict, edited by Andrzej Mania, Marcin Grabowski & Tomasz Pugacewicz
ISBN 978-3-631-78270-5
Publisher Peter Lang Publishing Group
Place of publication Berlin
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Global Studies
Language en
Keywords comparative regionalism, region, regional organization, global governance, Eurocentrism
Subject categories Peace and development research, Globalization Studies


The basic motivation for this chapter is that often regionalism is too narrowly understood and needs to be rethought. The ‘rethinking’ offered here is built on four interacting perspectives: (i) rethinking regional history; (ii) rethinking regional comparison; (iii) rethinking regional space; and (iv) rethinking regions from a global perspective. This broad-ranging approach enables new and challenging answers to emerge as to how and why regionalism evolves and consolidates, how regionalism can be compared, and the significance of regionalism for a host of issues within global politics, from security and trade to development and the environment.

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