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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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Preface

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pp. vii-xii

An unspoken but widely acknowledged view about regionalism suggests that it is better to have regionalized and faltered than never to have regionalized at all! Taking this as its point of departure...

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1. Introduction: Why Regionalism?

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pp. 14-42

Regionalism, or more broadly regional cooperation, has been in vogue since the end of World War II as a mechanism for maintaining regional order. In very simple terms, regionalism refers to cooperation between states occupying a common regional space...

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2. Regionalism: The Institutional Framework

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pp. 43-112

The experience of the last half-century shows that while regional cooperation schemes are significantly shaped by interests, ideas and identities, institutions are equally important for sustaining the process...

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3. The Political Dimension of Regionalism

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pp. 113-204

Regionalismʼs attraction stems from its potential to create an enabling environment for the conduct of amicable intraregional relations. Where it has functioned reasonably well it has reduced the security anxiety that is natural between squabbling neighbours...

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4. Patterns of Economic Regionalism

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pp. 205-278

Social and economic well-being are closely related and this is well recognized by the promoters of regional cooperation. The framework documents that form the basis of cooperation among regional states reflect this in ample measure but very rarely...

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5. Social Issues and Regional Cooperation

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pp. 279-328

Social and economic well-being are closely related and this is well recognized by the promoters of regional cooperation. The framework documents that form the basis of cooperation among regional states reflect this in ample measure but very rarely...

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6. Summary and Conclusion

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pp. 329-352

The last quarter of the twentieth century witnessed several paradoxes. Amongst these was the determined movement by countries towards “regionalism”, wherein despite their proud proclamations about nationalism and sovereignty, several countries actually chose to abridge the latter and go easy on the former...

Index

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pp. 353-369

About the Authors

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pp. 370-370