In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Regional Integration

  • Introduction
  • Interregionalism

Political Science Regional Integration
Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann, Thauan Santos
  • LAST MODIFIED: 28 August 2019
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0277


Regional integration studies has been fertile ground for theoretical development, this article includes (European) region integration theories, international political economy approaches, and regionalism in comparative perspective. The concept of regional governance is also central in the literature, providing ground for the discussion of institutions, norms, and policies in specific issue areas such as peace and security, political economy, energy, social policy, and migration. Research on regional integration has also focused in specific world areas, such as Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, often using a historical or sociological approach. Finally, studies about relations between world regions and between regional organizations have proliferated in the last decade, these studies have constitute a literature referred as ‘interrregionalism’.

Analytical Approaches to the Study of Regional Integration

The literature of regional integration has been dominated by theories of European regional integration and international political economy, which are the first two headings of this section. Comparative regionalism has consolidated as an analytical reference, aiming to overcome Eurocentrism and thus opening up comparative analysis beyond political economy.

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