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Rethinking International Relations

Bertrand Badie

In this thought-provoking book, Bertrand Badie argues that the traditional paradigms of international relations are no longer sustainable, and that ignorance of these shifting systems and of alternative models is a major source of contemporary international conflict and disorder. Through a clear examination of the political, historical and social context, Badie illuminates the challenges and possibilities of an ‘intersocial’ and multilateral approach to international relations.
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Chapter 6: The regional dilemma

Bertrand Badie


Regional integration is commonly considered as a reply to an emerging global world and to the decreasing capacities of states. After a moment of optimism, all the regional constructions are nowadays severely challenged and even substantially weakened. Is this a failure or an effect of transition? This chapter addresses the concept of integration: what type of integration is it? Political? Economic? Social? Is this new integration an old-fashioned “association” or a new “solidarity”? In this perspective, the chapter considers the uncertain future of sovereigntism. It also compares the different kinds of regional construction which take place everywhere around the world, with unequal successes.

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