Globalising the Regional, Regionalising the Global: Volume 35, Review of International Studies

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Regions are now everywhere across the globe and are increasingly fundamental to the functioning of all aspects of world affairs from trade to conflict management, and can even be said to now constitute world order. But to what extent are their origins, purposes, operating principles and wider consequences the same? An eminent and international collection of scholars examine the central but disputed concept of regions from a range of perspectives and assess leading contemporary examples. Rather than uncritically celebrating regions, the collection also offers some contrarian findings and wider lessons of interest across the study of International Relations and beyond.

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'This volume provides convincing arguments for the importance of a regional approach to security. It includes both innovative theoretical approaches as well as insightful analyses of regional security organizations, including both their strengths and weaknesses. It is certain to have a major impact on this rapidly growing approach to international relations.' Professor Gary Goertz, University of Arizona
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521759885
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2009
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Fawn is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Academy and an International Scholar at Baku State University, Azerbaijan. Rick's publications include several books and three dozen journal articles and book chapters on post-communist politics, security and regional relations as well as on foreign policy analysis and more broadly on international relations.

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Table of Contents

1. 'Regions' and their study: where from, what for and whereto? Rick Fawn; 2. Regional hierarchies: authority and local international order David A. Lake; 3. When security community meets balance of power: overlapping regional mechanisms of security governance Emanuel Adler and Patricia Greve; 4. Between the revisionist state and the frontier state: regional variations in state war-propensity Benjamin Miller; 5. The resurgence of the 'region' and 'regional identity': theoretical perspectives and empirical observations on regional dynamics in Europe Anssi Paasi; Case Studies: 6. The contradictions of regionalism in North America Ann Capling and Kim Richard Nossal; 7. Latin America: contrasting motivations for regional projects Diana Tussie; 8. The new East Asian regionalism: much ado about nothing? John Ravenhill; 9. The southern African security order: regional economic integration and security among developing states James J. Hentz; 10. The commonwealth of independent states: an example of failed regionalism? Paul Kubicek.

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