Over the past few decades states all around the globe have intensified institutionalized cooperation at the regional level. To deepen our understanding of state-led regionalism, the authors use an analytical framework comprising four main strands. First, they describe and explain the genesis and growth of regional organizations. Second, they account for institutional design, looking at important similarities and differences. Third, they examine the interaction between organizations and member states in an attempt to reveal factors that shape the level of commitment to and compliance with regional initiatives. Finally, they consider the impact of regional organizations on their member states. They conclude by providing a foundation for future research on the dynamic development of regionalism.

part 1|22 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

Roads to Regionalism: Concepts, Issues, and Cases

ByLukas Goltermann, Mathis Lohaus, Alexander Spielau, Kai Striebinger

part 2|56 pages

Genesis and Growth

chapter 3|14 pages

Joining the Neighbors: The Accessions to ASEAN in the 1990s

ByNiklas Aschhoff

chapter 4|20 pages

MERCOSUR: Integration through Presidents and Paymasters

ByFelix Hummel, Mathis Lohaus

part 3|60 pages

Institutional Design

part 4|58 pages

Member States' behavior

chapter 8|18 pages

Does Regime Type Matter? Regional Integration from the Nation States' Perspectives in ECOWAS

ByVeronika Kirschner, Sören Stapel

chapter 9|20 pages

State Capacity and Compliance in ASEAN

ByLukas Goltermann

part 5|56 pages

Effects on Member States

part 6|16 pages


chapter 14|14 pages

Do All Roads Lead to Regionalism?

ByTanja A. Börzel