Introduction to the Handbook of Regional Cooperation and Integration: why, where, and so what?
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This Handbook asks three fundamental questions regarding regional cooperation and integration: ‘why do we need it?’, ‘where has it been implemented?’ and ‘what does the empirical evidence tell us about its effectiveness and impact?’ These ‘why?’, ‘where?’, and ‘so what?’ questions are answered in a rigorous and balanced way in a series of chapters that each focus on a specific policy area. The policy areas covered in this book include: migration, trade, digital governance, finance, security, democracy, rights, taxes, social policy, health, education, culture, science, and natural resources. Each chapter also aims to provide conceptual clarity about what regional cooperation means in a particular policy area, identifying the relevant theoretical frames, and covering the empirical literature as widely as possible.

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