Comparative Regionalism

Scientific advisors: Olivier Dabène and Kevin Parthenay (Sciences Po-Campus de Poitiers)

European integration is no sui generis phenomenon. Regional integrations have developed everywhere in the world and have progressively gained a particular status in international politics. They have multiplied, they have developed beyond the mere economic sphere and they have become an indicator for global changes. Primarily considered through a international political economy perspective, regional integration goes beyond the economic phenomenon and finds roots in increasingly advanced institutional dynamics as well as social dynamics (identity-belonging, citizenship, engagement). Regional interdependencies and interactions concern not only states, at various levels of government, but also companies, NGOs, and citizens. Today, comparison needs to go beyond the traditional orientation of “learning from”. Regionalism needs to be considered in a global approach, that is, by taking into consideration intergovernemental logics without excluding more recent perspectives that have been developed around compared politics and the sociology of regional integration. There are several issues at stake, which imply looking at states and how sovereignty is delegated, at the production of regional public policies (outcomes), at how institutional designs and schemes of decision making function and are being transformed, as well as at the dynamics of identification and belonging.

This research group was launched in 2017 and organizes seminars gathering researchers working on various systems of regional integration.

The following subjects are considered :

  • the balance of power within regionalism(s);
  • external actors’ intervention in regional systems;
  • export and import of integration models (efficiency and/or contributions to global problems solving);
  • variation in the levels of institutionalization.