The New Regionalism Approach

Politeia, Vol 17, No 3, pp. 6-21, 1998

18 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2014

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Björn Hettne

Göteborg University - School of Global Studies

Fredrik Söderbaum

University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies; United Nations University, Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

This introduction outlines the dramatically changed context and content of the renewed trend towards regionalism in the international system. We start by identifying some of the most relevant aspects of the latest wave, the ‘new regionalism’. The central concepts in the study of regionalism are both ambiguous and contested, and attempts are made at clarifying them. The concept of ‘regionness’ is central to the New Regionalism Approach (NRA), which is suggested as a broad, open-ended framework for analysing regionalisation in a multilevel and comparative perspective. Several specific theories and theoretical perspectives are needed for understanding the complexities of present day regionalism, and a distinction is here made between regional and world approaches. Another distinction is that between monodisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Finally, the future of the new regionalism, the possibility of a regionalised world order, is touched upon.

Keywords: new regionalism, regional integration, regionness

Suggested Citation

Hettne, Björn and Söderbaum, Fredrik, The New Regionalism Approach (1998). Politeia, Vol 17, No 3, pp. 6-21, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399180

Björn Hettne

Göteborg University - School of Global Studies ( email )

POB 700
Gothenburg, SE 40530
Sweden

Fredrik Söderbaum (Contact Author)

University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies ( email )

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United Nations University, Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) ( email )

Bruges
Belgium

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