Comparative Regionalism In Theory And Practice: Europe, Asia and The Americas

General Information
Melis Baydag
09.05 - 17.05
Number of Hours: 
Preliminary requirements: 

One-page summary of the 6 texts assigned

Class presentation

Regular attendance and participation to discussions

Course Description: 
  1. Tuesday – 09.05.2023
    13.45 – 15.15. (room 108)
    15.15 – 16.45. (room 108)
  2. Wednesday – 10.05.2023
    13.45 – 15.15. (room 12)
    15.15 – 16.45. (room 12)
  3. Friday – 12.05.2023
    15.15 – 16.45. (room 12)
  4. Monday – 15.05.2023
    13.45 – 15.15. (room 8)
  5. Wednesday – 17.05.2023
    13.45 – 15.15. (room 12)
    15.15 – 16.45. (room 12)

The seminar poses the question of why states establish and how they design regional organizations that enable regional integration. It explores the regional cooperation processes of Europe, the Americas and Asia in various fields of international relations, such as security, trade, climate and migration. A particular focus therefore is given to the EU (Europe), ASEAN (South-East Asia), NAFTA (North America) and MERCOSUR (South America).

Aims of the course: 

The objective of the seminar is to introduce the theories of cooperation and integration, and to enable students to apply these on empirical case studies. Therefore, the students will be familiarized with regional integration theories, mainly neofunctionalism and liberal intergovernmentalism, as well as alternative theoretical approaches of new regionalism and comparative regionalism. Through this the seminar aims at discussing regional organizations comparatively. Moreover, it unveils why certain regions are more integrated than others, and whether models of regional cooperation and integration spread across the different regions through diffusion of institutional models and policies.

Teaching methods: 

Session 1 Introductory lecture / Assignment of topics

Session 2 Discussion of the compulsory readings

Session 3 Presentations by students / Guided class discussions

Session 4 Presentations by students / Guided class discussions

Evaluation & Completion: 

At the end of the course

Basic Literature: 

Laursen, F. (2010). Regional integration: Some introductory reflections. In F. Laursen (Ed.), Comparative Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond (pp. 3–20). Farnham: Ashgate.

· Schimmelfennig, F. (2018). Regional integration theory. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press.

· Moravcsik, A. (1993). Preferences and power in the European community: A liberal intergovernmentalist approach. Journal of Common Market Studies 31(4), 473-524.

· Schirm, S. A. (2018). The domestic politics of European preferences towards global economic governance. New Global Studies 12(3), 303–324.

· Malamud, A. (2019). Overlapping regionalism, no integration: Conceptual issues and the Latin American experiences. Politica Internacional 3(6), 46-59.

· Acharya, A. (2014). Foundations of collective action in Asia: Theory and practice of regional cooperation. In G. Capannelli, & M. Kawai (Eds.), The Political Economy of Asian Regionalism (pp. 19-38). Springer.