This book explores the nature of regions and how they function, particularly at the local and micro-level. Whilst recent years have seen a resurgence in debates around the roles which regions can play in development, the focus has tended to be on 'macro' regional institutions such as the EU, ASEAN, ECOWAS or MERCOSUR. In contrast, this book offers a nuanced analysis of the important field of sub-regionalism and sub-national cross-border cooperation.
Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation takes a fresh look at both theoretical and empirical approaches to ‘region-making’ through cooperation activities at the micro-level across national borders in Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The book aims to explore the role that institutional dynamics play at the micro-level in shaping local and global ties, investigate what the formal and informal integration factors are that bolster regionalism and regionalization processes, and to clarify to what extent, and under what conditions, cooperation at the micro-level can be instrumental to solving common problems.
Scholars and students within politics, sociology, geography, and economics would find this book an important guide to regionalism at a micro-local level perspective.
About the Author
Elisabetta Nadalutti is an IAS WIRL-COFUND Fellow under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme, University of Warwick, UK.
Otto Kallscheuer is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
Table of Contents
Introduction - region- making, cooperation and its normative dimension Elisabetta Nadalutti
PART I: Region making and Cooperation
Chapter 1 - Regionalism after Europe? A marginal question Otto Kallscheuer
Chapter 2 - Rethinking the links between micro-regions and macro-regions Fredrik Söderbaum
PART II Evidence from Four Continents
Chapter 3 - Critical beaches: Coastal erosion and geosociality in south-eastern Ghana Michael Flitner, Volker M. Heins and Johannes Herbeck
Chapter 4 - Outside-in region-building: the role of border integration zones in Andean regional integration Harlan Koff
Chapter 5 - Rethinking cross-border regional cooperation: A comparison of the China-Myanmar and China-Laos borderlands Xiangming Chen
PART III: The normative dimension of region-making through cooperation
Chapter 6 - The Normative Dimension of Regionalism and Refugee Policy in ASEAN and the EU Jens-Uwe Wunderlich
Chapter 7 - What are the ‘ethical values’ that underpin border cooperation in Europe and Southeast Asia? A reading of the Upper Adriatic Region and the Iskandar Malaysia border cases Elisabetta Nadalutti
Chapter 8 - The European Union and Challenges of Neighbourhood: Regional Cooperation Potentials Beyond Realist Geopolitics James Wesley Scott
Conclusions Otto Kallscheuer and Elisabetta Nadalutti