TITLE

Interregionalism or Merely a Fourth-Level Game? An Examination of the EU-ASEAN Relationship

AUTHOR(S)
Camroux, David
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
East Asia: An International Quarterly;Spring2010, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p57
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
It is argued in this paper that the normative nature of both the conscious and unconscious attempts of the European Union as a ‘civilian power’ to export its model of regional integration elsewhere, has led to the claim that an ostensibly new form of interaction in international relations - one characterized as interregionalism - has emerged. An examination of the EU-ASEAN relationship, however, would suggest that this assertion is greatly exaggerated. Between conventional bilateral relations, between individual EU members and individual Southeast Asian nations, and forms of multilateral and asymmetrical bilateral relations between the EU as a global actor and individual ASEAN members, the space for interregionalism is indeed very limited. Rather, by building on Putnam’s seminal work enunciating his metaphor of “two-level games” (i.e. the domestic and the international) and its extension in Patterson’s and Deutsch’s discussion of ‘three level games’ (the third level being the intra-regional), it is suggested that interregionalism is merely the addition of a minor fourth level in international relations bargaining. Such a characterization has the salutary effect of drawing attention back, both to the different forms of regional integration, and to the varying capacities within regional entities. It is these elements that are worthy of further research, rather than some imagined alchemy denoted as interregionalism. The latter can best be described as a normative milieu goal, rather than being an appropriate and useful analytical category.
ACCESSION #
48464562

 

Related Articles

  • Are non-traditional security challenges leading regional organizations towards greater convergence? Pennisi di Floristella, Angela // Asia Europe Journal;Mar2013, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p21 

    How are regional organizations responding to the emergence of non-traditional security (NTS) challenges? Are they engaging in more cooperative efforts to meet new threats? Or, on the contrary, do they react in different manners according to their distinctive values, principles and internal...

  • SOUTHEAST ASIA IN 2008. Dalpino, Catharin // Southeast Asian Affairs;2009, p3 

    The article focuses on the regional international organization the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its activities in 2008. The organization's ratification of a Charter making it a formal organization rather than a consulting body is examined. The actions of the organization in...

  • Managed news is bad news.  // Prague Business Journal;4/28/2003, Vol. 8 Issue 16, p10 

    Criticizes the authorities' control of information concerning the issue of the Czech Republic's entry to the European Union. Alleged reason behind the news management policy; Economic benefits of the membership to the country.

  • EU pact brings harmonization crunch. Zegnal, Judit; Csonka, Agnes; Simon, Zoltan // Budapest Business Journal;4/21/2003, Vol. 11 Issue 19, p1 

    Reports on the challenges facing Hungary in relation to the country's European Union (EU) membership. Economic implication of the membership on the nation; Changes that should be made in the country's legal system to fit the EU.

  • Cheerleaders.  // Budapest Business Journal;4/21/2003, Vol. 11 Issue 19, p21 

    Comments on Hungary's European Union (EU) accession. Challenges that will be encountered by the country in relation to the membership; Economic implications of the membership; Steps that should be taken by government officials and the public to maximize the benefits that can be provided by the...

  • LA EXPERIENCIA DE LA INTEGRACIÓN EUROPEA Y EL POTENCIAL PARA LA INTEGRACIÓN EN OTRA REGIÓN. SCHMITTER, PHILIPPE C. // Foro Internacional;jul-dic2010, Vol. 50 Issue 3/4, p724 

    The recent experience of Europe with efforts at integrating -peacefully and voluntarily- previously sovereign national states into a single transnational organization, the European Union, is by far the most significant and far-reaching among all attempts at regionalism. It is, therefore, the...

  • Chapter 2: Regionalism: The Institutional Framework.  // Regional Cooperation in South Asia & Southeast Asia;2007, p43 

    Chapter 2 of the book "Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Southeast Asia" is presented. It explores the regional cooperation schemes which are significantly shaped by interests, ideas and identities. It discusses the importance of institutional architecture and its impact on governance where...

  • Chapter 5: Social Issues and Regional Cooperation.  // Regional Cooperation in South Asia & Southeast Asia;2007, p279 

    Chapter 5 of the book "Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Southeast Asia" is presented. It explores social issues in regional cooperation and discusses the close relation between social and economic well-being of regionalism. It stresses the need of efficient mechanism and enormous resources...

  • Keep Friends Close, but Colleagues Closer: Efficiency in the Establishment of Peace Operations. Hardt, Heidi // Global Governance;Jul-Sep2013, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p377 

    The speed with which international organizations establish peace operations impacts prospects for sustainable peace. This article explains why some organizations take longer than others to answer calls for intervention. It identifies the role of informal relations in a literature that has long...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics