Chapter 6: The regional dilemma
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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