Mainstreaming Regionalism

23 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2015

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Carlos Closa

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Date Written: February 2015


The consolidation of regionalism as a broad field of research attracting scholars across disciplines demands an inquiry on its scientific foundations. This inquiry should consider the object of research, the methods and the theories used. First, regionalism scholars lack a consensually agreed definition of their subject. Second, research focusses mainly in case studies, led by area specialists and comparative research is a rather occasional methodological occurrence. Finally, regionalism has not produced significant theoretical advances vis-à-vis neighbouring disciplines. In summary, regionalism contribution to knowledge is scarce and this paper suggests, instead, applying mainstream political science and international relations objects, methods and theories.

Keywords: Regionalism, comparative regional integration, concepts in social science.

Suggested Citation

Closa, Carlos, Mainstreaming Regionalism (February 2015). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2015/12. Available at SSRN: or

Carlos Closa (Contact Author)

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) ( email )

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Madrid, Madrid 28037

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