The Regionalization of Development: Are Regional Organizations More Efficient Than States?

iCourts Working Paper Series No. 80

17 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2016

See all articles by Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen

Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Sorbonne Law School

Date Written: November 15, 2016

Abstract

Could regionalization be a process of “salvation” of development, or in other words could it be the way in which development might (finally) succeed? Put differently, does development proceed through the phenomenon of regionalization? To pose the question even more dramatically, are ‘regional entities’ – or, to use a rather legal term, “regional organizations” – able to succeed in a domain where States taken individually on the one hand and universal organizations on the other hand all together have finally failed? Do regional organizations have the advantages which their creators are deprived of; would they be more cynical, less ambivalent, and less strategic? Briefly, would they be irreproachable?

This set of questions suggests by its mere announcement, to my mind, that it is impossible to answer them positively. In fact, it seems that regional organizations are to some extent just like States: they are characterized by external legal policies full of diverse, often contradictory and never selfless interests, where geostrategic and political constraints on the one hand and economic pressures on the other hand are omnipresent. In this context, needless to say that the vocation of regional organizations to implement development aims without various risks is certainly neither innate nor unshakeable.

Keywords: Regionalization of Development, Regional Organizations, Efficiency, States

Suggested Citation

Burgorgue-Larsen, Laurence, The Regionalization of Development: Are Regional Organizations More Efficient Than States? (November 15, 2016). iCourts Working Paper Series No. 80. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2869669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2869669

Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen (Contact Author)

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - Sorbonne Law School ( email )

12 Place du Panthéon
Paris, 75005
France

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