States, New Regionalism and Interregional Cooperation in the Globalized World

  • Mario Telò


This chapter aims to provide an overview of comparative studies of regionalism, i.e. the economic, trade, social and political aggregation between neighbouring states (see Map 1). In studying the dialectic coexistence of integration and fragmentation within the global governance — or what James Rosenau terms fragmentation1 — we need to focus attention not only on fragmentation within the state, but also on the parallel processes of regional aggregation and integration which have characterized the partially globalized world in recent decades. Economic regionalism is a form of fragmentation relating to the global market, but it is also a form of aggregation as regards national markets. The same is true of political regionalism, which would not exist without globalization, but which gains its force from the political will of member states, namely the regional leaders.


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  1. 1.Brussels Free University, ULBBelgium

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