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Regionalism and Beyond

Regionalism and Beyond

Key terms

  • Functionalism
  • Geopolitics
  • Hegemony
  • Integration


The concept of region traditionally described an intermediate level between national and local authorities. On this basis, regionalism was considered as a way of giving new prerogatives and functions to sub-national regions. But, after 1945, regionalism got a more complex meaning. Regions were no more exclusively considered as sub-national units, but also as supra-national structures bringing together neighbouring states. Actors and observers now distinguish macro-regions, which refer to international relations, and micro-regions, which relate to domestic contexts (Acharya and Johnston, 2007; Soderbaum, 2011; Soderbaum and Shaw, 2003). From an institutional point of view, this major innovation was the first blow at the sovereignty principle and the traditional international order. States were no longer considered as ‘billiard balls’, since ...

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