The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas

The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas

Author: Achim Hurrelmann

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 113745699X

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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Based on cutting-edge research, this edited volume examines how citizens and political elites perceive the legitimacy of regional integration in Europe and the Americas. It analyses public opinion and political discourse on the EU, NAFTA and MERCOSUR, arguing that legitimation patterns shape the development of regional governance.

The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas

The Legitimacy of Regional Integration in Europe and the Americas

Author: Achim Hurrelmann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137457004

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 885

Based on cutting-edge research, this edited volume examines how citizens and political elites perceive the legitimacy of regional integration in Europe and the Americas. It analyses public opinion and political discourse on the EU, NAFTA and MERCOSUR, arguing that legitimation patterns shape the development of regional governance.

Closing or Widening the Gap?

Closing or Widening the Gap?

Author: Dr Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409498360

Category: Political Science

Page: 238

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Combining normative analysis and theory-driven empirical research in a comparative framework, this volume clarifies and explains the connections between regional international governance, legitimacy and democracy. It focuses on the quality of democracy and the legitimacy of policy making in multilevel regional systems. The volume offers a much-needed clarification of confusing concepts such as legitimacy, democracy and 'civil society' in non-national political systems. It critically assesses the quality of democracy and legitimacy within different Regional International Organizations (RIOs); it examines how networks of non-state actors become a kind of transnational civil society and assesses their potential for solving legitimacy deficits; and it investigates the impact of democratic conditionality in different RIOs. The contributors deepen our understanding of a relatively new non-state actor on the international scene - the regional international organization - and investigate the potential contribution of transnational non-state actors to the quality of governance at the regional level.

Regional Integration and Democracy

Regional Integration and Democracy

Author: Jeffrey J. Anderson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0847690253

Category: Political Science

Page: 348

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This ambitious and original work explores the complex interrelationship between democracy and regional integration. Its empirical center of gravity rests in Europe, yet the volume shifts the common terms of discussion on integration and democracy by including case studies outside of Europe and by exploring a broader range of themes, especially the fate of domestic institutions and processes in an integrating milieu. This novel focus also enriches the contributors' fresh analysis of the European Union's democratic deficit, the impact of regional integration on national democracy, and the dynamic interactions between democracy and integration elsewhere in the world. This ambitious and original work explores the complex interrelationship between democracy and regional integration. Its empirical center of gravity rests in Europe, yet the volume shifts the common terms of discussion by including case studies outside the region and by exploring a broader range of themes, especially the fate of domestic institutions and processes in an integrating milieu. This focus enriches the contributors' analysis of the European Union's democratic deficit, the impact of regional integration on national democracy, and the dynamic interactions between democracy and integration elsewhere in the world.

Multipolarization, South-South Cooperation and the Rise of Post-Hegemonic Governance

Multipolarization, South-South Cooperation and the Rise of Post-Hegemonic Governance

Author: Efe Can Gürcan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429895166

Category: Political Science

Page: 156

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The crisis of Northern capitalism and failure of hegemonic global governance have created a facilitative environment for post-hegemonic initiatives promoting South–South cooperation. Major Southern countries – especially the BRICS – have taken the lead in pushing for alternative governance mechanisms that are strongly articulated in the areas of economic, financial, cultural, and defense cooperation. This book focuses on the historical, political-economic, and geopolitical context in which major Southern countries implement a post-hegemonic agenda. Providing a global and comprehensive perspective through a series of focused case studies from Europe, Latin America, Eurasia, and Africa, the author develops a new approach to the multipolarization of world politics based on "global hegemony". Highly recommended for scholars, students, and activists involved in global political economy, regionalism studies, and international development, this book will be of interest to anyone seeking to develop their understanding of world politics and South–South cooperation.

Regional Governance in Post-NAFTA North America

Regional Governance in Post-NAFTA North America

Author: Brian Bow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317680086

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

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Twenty years after NAFTA, the consensus seems to be that the regional project in North America is dead. The trade agreement was never followed up by new institutions that might cement a more ambitious regional community. The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), launched with some fanfare in 2005, was quietly discontinued in 2009. And new cooperative ventures like the US‐Canada Beyond the Border talks and the US‐Mexico Merida Initiative suggest that the three governments have reverted to the familiar, pre‐NAFTA pattern of informal, incremental bilateralism. One could argue, however, that NAFTA itself has been buried, and yet the region somehow lives on, albeit in a form very different from regional integration in other parts of the world. A diverse group of contributors, from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with experience in academia, government service, think tanks and the private sector bring to bear a sophisticated and much needed examination of regional governance in North America, its historical origins, its connection to the regional distribution of power and the respective governments’ domestic institutions, and the variance of its forms and function across different issue areas. The editors begin by surveying the literature on North American regional politics, matching up developments there with parallel debates and controversies in the broader literatures on comparative regional integration and international policy coordination more generally. Six contributors later explore the mechanisms of policy coordination in specific issue-areas, each with an emphasis on a particular set of actors, and with its own way of characterizing the relevant political and diplomatic dynamics. Chapters on the political context for regional policy coordination follow leading to concluding remarks on the future of North America. At a time when scholarly interest in North America seems to be waning, even while important and interesting political and economic developments are taking place, this volume will reinvigorate the study of North America as a region, to better understand its past, present and future.

The Challenges for Building Regional Integration in the Global South

The Challenges for Building Regional Integration in the Global South

Author: Tullo Vigevani

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030933487

Category: Social Science

Page: 185

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This book analyzes regional integration in South America with a focus on the Mercosur and Brazilian foreign policy from the 1990s. It reviews the history of the Mercosur and identifies the results achieved by the bloc, as well as the causes of difficulties and the reasons for stalemates over nearly 30 years of its existence. The authors identify the complex interrelation between domestic and foreign factors that have shaped Brazilian foreign policy. From 1991 onwards, relations between Latin American countries have changed while the Mercosur developed from a free trade area to a customs union. While intrabloc trade grew, there were huge difficulties in the form of regional institutional affirmation and cooperation. This history is of the utmost importance to understanding regionalism and politics in Latin America. The book therefore has two interrelated analytical dimensions: namely, focus on ideas and identity; and behavior, actions, and economic and political interests. This very topical book is of interest for researchers and students of Brazilian foreign policy and those of Latin American and/or Mercosur countries. Particularly, readers interested in regionalism will find important theoretical and empirical elements in this book, as well as discussions necessary for comprehending the role of big, emerging countries, and the potential and limits to their international role.

Global Governance from Regional Perspectives

Global Governance from Regional Perspectives

Author: Anna Triandafyllidou

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198793342

Category: Political Science

Page: 292

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Global Governance from Regional Perspectives argues that the academic debate on global governance has neglected the combination of power with value constellations/culture. Both input and output legitimacy, for instance, or the exercise of control and influence are inextricably related to culture, worldviews, and values. The book questions theoretically the Western hegemonic and hence 'invisible' definition of governance and related concepts, as well as the Western hegemony over global governance institutions. It looks from the ground up whether, and how, alternative practices, institutions/networks, and concepts/norms of global governance are emerging in relation to emerging powers and regional integration systems. Global Governance from Regional Perspectives starts with a critical reading of global governance from multi-disciplinary views and engages with two important and under-studied aspects, notably how global governance can be measured and what lies behind such measurements, and questions the democratic deficit of global governance. The book provides a series of regional and country perspectives on global governance which engage with a specific example of an institution, process, or issue that is used to highlight why and how the western hegemonic views and practices of global governance are (or not) contested. The book offers a mapping of global governance phenomena in different regions of the world and a critical readings of those. As such this volume is different from all international relations or political science collections on global governance and also opens up a new field of study that has been hitherto neglected in sociological or cultural studies.

International Economic Integration and Asia

International Economic Integration and Asia

Author: Michael G. Plummer

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812773777

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 387

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Regional economic integration has become a key force in international commercial policy in the 2000s. Europe has traditionally embraced regionalism; the United States became actively involved in preferential trading arrangements only in the 1980s. While Asia has been late in accepting formal regional economic integration accords, all Asian countries are now in the process of creating various free-trade areas and other forms of economic integration programs, and some are already in place. This volume analyzes the regionalism trend from an Asian perspective. It considers the lessons from, and the economic implications of, various economic integration programs in the OECD (mostly the EU but also NAFTA), as well as the proposals for closer economic integration in the region itself. Chapters deal with both real and financial integration issues. Sample Chapter(s). Chapter 1: East Asian Economic Regionalism: Progress and Challenges (1,660 KB). Contents: Introduction (M G Plummer & E Jones); East Asian Economic Regionalism: Progress and Challenges (M Kawai); Sequencing Regional Integration in Asia (R Pomfret); ASEAN+3: Is an Economic Community in Their Future? (J Angresano); Stock Market Performance in ASEAN: Is Institutional Integration Warranted? (R W Click & M G Plummer); The Institution of a Single Currency Area: Lessons for Asia from the European Monetary Union (S Rossi); Deep Integration and Its Impacts on Non-Members: EU Enlargement and East Asia (H Lee & D van der Mensbrugghe); Small Change: A Critical Examination of the Economic Relationship Between South Asia and the European Union (J W Moses and Maggi Brigham); The Effects of North-South Regional Trade Policies: A Comparison of Mediterranean Countries with ASEAN (N P(r)ridy); Reconciling the Tensions Between Regional Integration and Cohesion (M Farrell); Lessons for Asia? Legitimacy and Quasi-Democratic Mechanisms in European and American Market Integration (C Parsons & J D Richardson). Readership: Academics, policymakers, professionals and students interested in applied international economics and Asian economic integration.

Europe: A Civilian Power?

Europe: A Civilian Power?

Author: Mario Telò

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230514034

Category: Political Science

Page: 292

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What is the European Union international role and identity becoming after the cold war, September 11th and the transatlantic rift? Is the second global actor challenging the trends towards a 'pax americana'? EUROPE: A CIVILIAN POWER? provides an original account of the features and the external relations of the EU as a civilian power in the making. It addresses the key questions on the new security threat, world emergencies challenging the EU, not only as a peace and democracy stablizer on a continental scale, but also as an actor which shares responsibility for global governance and world order. MARIO TELO provides a comparative analysis of regional cooperation in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America and focuses on the interregional relations with the EU. He highlights the international relevance of the current EU constitutionalization process and gives a critical review of the concepts of civilian power, soft power, civilizing power, multilateralism, multipolarism, international fragmentation, empire, hegemonic stability and global legitimacy. Analysis of the best literature on international relations and European integration is completed by MARIO's practical experience as an advisor to the EU institutions and a lecturer in Asia and Americas.

The Rise of International Parliaments

The Rise of International Parliaments

Author: Frank Schimmelfennig

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198864974

Category: Political Science

Page: 369

View: 808

This book describes and explains the development of international parliamentary institutions and asks why international organizations establish parliamentary institutions without, however, granting them relevant decision-making powers.