The History and Concept of Regionalism

18 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2012

Date Written: 2012


The growth of regionalism expressed as formal regional organization has received a great deal of scholarly attention since the Second World War. From its early days regionalism has been much debated, and alternatively praised for its potential and critiqued for its ill-defined nature and limited capacity. However, by the start of the 21st century, if not before, regionalism was well established in the vocabulary of International Relations scholars and practitioners such that it would be hard to imagine a world without it.

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Fawcett, Louise, The History and Concept of Regionalism (2012). European Society of International Law (ESIL) Conference Paper Series No. 4/2012, Available at SSRN:

Louise Fawcett (Contact Author)

University of Oxford ( email )

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