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Regional Integration: Choosing Plutocracy

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The international system is based on sovereign equality, yet states sometimes choose to cooperate through plutocratic governance arrangements, under which members of a multilateral accord delegate policymaking to the wealthiest state among them. In 1995, Russia created an economic integration agreement using plutocratic structures. Prussia and South Africa led similar arrangements in their respective regions during earlier historical periods. Numerous states joined these integration efforts. Regional Integration ...

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Overview

The international system is based on sovereign equality, yet states sometimes choose to cooperate through plutocratic governance arrangements, under which members of a multilateral accord delegate policymaking to the wealthiest state among them. In 1995, Russia created an economic integration agreement using plutocratic structures. Prussia and South Africa led similar arrangements in their respective regions during earlier historical periods. Numerous states joined these integration efforts. Regional Integration answers the plutocracy question with a novel theory focusing on the political survival of the leadership. In narratives laced with kings, diamonds, revolutions, and hyper-nationalism, Hancock traces the stories of these states and their paths to plutocracy.

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“Hancock's book makes a valuable contribution not only to the field of comparative regional integration but international relations more broadly. It extensively illustrates the empirical significance of plutocracy—rule by the dominant wealthy state—as a consensual form of regional integration, alongside the traditional intergovernmental and supranational models, and convincingly explains when and why plutocracy emerges as the most desirable form of transnational governance.”—Walter Mattli, Professor of International Political Economy, Oxford University

“Challenging the conventional wisdom that intergovernmentalism and supranationalism are the only mechanisms for regional integration, Hancock advances and finds significant evidence for the importance of plutocratic structures. Hancock both uncovers and explains a heretofore unrecognized form of global governance.”—David A. Lake, Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

“In this fascinating book, Hancock shows how the term plutocracy is appropriate for understanding Russia's foreign relations with the former Soviet republics. With strong chapters on the 19th century Prussian Zollverein and South Africa's long-standing customs union, Regional Integration is sharply theoretical, richly comparative, and highly relevant for understanding the prospects for cooperation in other regions, including Asia and the Americas.”—Stephan Haggard, Krause Professor, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego

“This book is well written, cogently argued, and will certainly contribute to our knowledge about institutional design, international economic integration, and comparative political economy. —Michael J. Tierney, Hylton Associate Professor of Government and International Relations, College of William and Mary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230616738
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen J. Hancock received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She is Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Mines, in the Masters program on the International Political Economy of Resources; she previously taught at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She has published articles in Foreign Policy Analysis, Asian Perspective, and China-Eurasia Forum, and book reviews in the International Studies Review, Jourbanal of Politics, and Human Rights & Human Welfare. Field research was conducted in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, with grants from the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Fellowship, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation/MacArthur Fellowship, and Institute for International Education.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction—Three Paths to Integration
• Chapter 2: Types of Economic Integration
• Chapter 3: Theory of Governance Choice
• Chapter 4: Uniting the Germans—Prussia and the Zollverein
• Chapter 5: The Eldest—Southern African Customs Union
• Chapter 6: Demands for Plutocracy—Russia and Economic Integration
• Chapter 7: Benefits over Fears—Eurasian Integrationists

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