The Logic of Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond / Edition 1

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In the late 1980s regional integration emerged as one of the most important developments in world politics. It is not a new phenomenon, however, and this book presents the first analysis of integration across time, and across regions. Walter Mattli examines projects in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe, but also in Latin America, North America and Asia since the 1950s. Using the tools of political economy, he considers why some integration schemes have succeeded while many others have failed; what forces drive the process of integration; and under what circumstances outside countries seek to join. Unlike traditional political science approaches, the book stresses the importance of market forces in determining the outcome of integration; but unlike purely economic analyses, it also highlights the importance of institutional factors. The book will provide students of political science, economics, and European studies with a new framework for the study of regional integration.
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"The historical and geographical sweep of The Logic of Regional Integration is very impressive--ranging from the nineteenth-century German Zollverein to the contemporary European Union to Mercosur and beyond. But Mattli's finest achievement is coupling this empirical depth with a rigorous, parsimonious and persuasive thesis. His central argument that economic disparities between insiders and outsiders drive regional integration is a major contribution to the debate about this important phenomenon." Geoffrey Garret, Yale University

"By combining a political economy approach with an historical and comparative perspective, Mattli offers a stimulating and thorough analysis of regional integration. His book is a major contribution to the understanding of one of the most challenging phenomena of our time." Yves Mény, European University Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521635363
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Studies in Comparative Politics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
The phenomenon of regional integration 1
Explaining regional integration 3
Themes and organization of the book 11
Caveats 16
2 A review of theoretical approaches to integration 19
Political-science approaches to integration 21
Economic approaches to integration 31
3 Explaining regional integration 41
Externalities, transaction costs, and demand for institutional change 44
Externalities, transaction costs, and demand for integration 46
The supply of integration 50
Integration and economic performance 57
The external effects of integration 59
4 Integration in Europe 68
The European Union 68
The Zollverein 108
Failed European integration schemes 128
5 Integration outside Europe 139
Integration in Latin America 140
Integration in Asia 163
Integration in North America 179
6 Conclusion 189
Index 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    The most adequate and modern theoretcal approach to integration

    The book contains short and up to the point summary of the current theoretical approaches towards integration and could be of use for those who are just making their way through the complex and rather confusing sea of ideas in this field. But what is the most precious in the book, that is its original theoretical framework. It is a sophisticated extension of Andrew Moravcsik¿s concept of demand and supply, it is very conceptual and is really useful for those who are curious what makes a regional integration arrangement to work and how to assess its' chances to succeed. The framework is easily applicable to any kind of RIA and seems really trustable as a theoretical instrument for case studies. Another good thing about it is that the theory is richly illustrated with European and non-European arrangements and is a good guide through the contemporary regional politics of all the continents. It is not euro-centric and offers an impressive global perspective.

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