Contested Regionalism in Southeast Asia: The Politics of the Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline Project

CAG Working Paper No. 002

21 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2010

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Toby James Carroll

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy - Centre on Asia and Globalisation

Benjamin K. Sovacool

Science Policy Research Unit; Department of Business Technology & Development

Date Written: September 1, 2008

Abstract

This article analyses the trans-ASEAN gas pipeline project (TAGP) as a way to reconceptualise regional dynamics in Southeast Asia and the forces shaping them – what we call ‘contested regionalism’. For this task, we propose an analytical framework that delves within and beyond the state, and which places emphasis upon the role of material and ideological factors operating at particular moments in time. The framework reveals that the tensions acting within and upon ASEAN and the TAGP shape the regional approach to energy governance in such a way that the gas pipeline project – much like other ‘regional’ projects – is unlikely to ever come close to fulfilling its brief or that of its masters. What is more probable is that the project’s form will continue to be conditioned by entrenched politico-economic realities and the influence of dominant ideologies – especially during times of crisis – that have the capacity to exacerbate existing regional animosities and disparities.

Keywords: ASEAN, trans-ASEAN gas pipeline (TAGP), energy governance

Suggested Citation

Carroll, Toby James and Sovacool, Benjamin K., Contested Regionalism in Southeast Asia: The Politics of the Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline Project (September 1, 2008). CAG Working Paper No. 002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1701595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1701595

Toby James Carroll (Contact Author)

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy - Centre on Asia and Globalisation ( email )

Singapore, 117591
Singapore

Benjamin K. Sovacool

Science Policy Research Unit ( email )

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United Kingdom

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