Early, Old, New and Comparative Regionalism: The Scholarly Development of the Field

KFG Working Paper Series No. 64, Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin.

28 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2015

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Fredrik Söderbaum

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

Date Written: November 1, 2015

Abstract

By tracing the intellectual roots and main characteristics of the scholarly debates on regionalism in different time periods this Working Paper seeks to contribute to the consolidation of a fragmented field of study in search of its own intellectual history. The paper identifies four main intellectual phases: early regionalism, old regionalism (in both Europe and the developing world), new regionalism, and the current phase of regionalism, referred to as comparative regionalism. It argues that progress in the study of (comparative) regionalism requires a better understanding of the intellectual roots of the field and an acknowledgment of the many types of regions that have occurred in many different historical contexts.

Keywords: regionalism, comparative regionalism, regional integration, European integration, European Union, region, regional cooperation

Suggested Citation

Söderbaum, Fredrik, Early, Old, New and Comparative Regionalism: The Scholarly Development of the Field (November 1, 2015). KFG Working Paper Series No. 64, Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2687942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2687942

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