Introduction: The EU as a Global Actor and the Role of Interregionalism

Journal of European Integration, Vol 27, No 3, pp. 249-262, 2005

30 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2014 Last revised: 24 Feb 2014

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Fredrik Söderbaum

University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies; United Nations University, Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

Luk Van Langenhove

United Nations University -Comparative Regional Integration Studies Programme (CRIS)

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This article introduces the topic of this special issue, namely the study of the EU as a global actor and the role of interregionalism. It starts with mapping out the general theme and the key questions that guide the issue, such as: to what extent are regions becoming ‘actors' of world politics; what is the strength of interregionalism in the EU's foreign policies towards regions and across sectors; why is interregionalism being pursued and who are the actors driving such policy; and what are the implications for world order and global governance? Region–to–region interactions are no novelty, as such, but they have only recently started to emerge on a more comprehensive scale. Interregionalism is related to changes in world order and needs therefore to be historically situated. The authors suggest that interregionalism needs to be related both to globalisation and to the restructuring of the nation–state, but above all to ‘the regionalist movement'. In the second section, the emergence of interregionalism is presented from an historical perspective and the concept of interregionalism is discussed. The article ends with a brief overview of the structure and content of the special issue as a whole.

Keywords: Interregionalism, regionalism, European Union, global governance, regional organisation

Suggested Citation

Söderbaum, Fredrik and Van Langenhove, Luk, Introduction: The EU as a Global Actor and the Role of Interregionalism (2005). Journal of European Integration, Vol 27, No 3, pp. 249-262, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399873

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