EU as a Global Actor and the Dynamics of Interregionalism: A Comparative Analysis

Journal of European Integration, Vol 27, No 3, pp. 365-380, 2005

25 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)

Patrik Stålgren

University of Gothenburg - Department of Political Science

Luk Van Langenhove

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

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This article presents a comparative analysis of the role of interregionalism in the European Union’s foreign policies and external relations, with a particular focus on some of the most important regions around the world: Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Central and Eastern Europe. After a brief comparative assessment of the EU’s interregional relationships, the article provides three partly overlapping and intersecting accounts of the variation in the policy of interregionalism across regions: (i) promoting a liberal internationalist agenda; (ii) building the EU’s identity as a global actor; and (iii) promoting the EU’s power and competitiveness. The analysis concludes by sketching some ingredients of an emerging research agenda on the study of the EU’s foreign policy and interregionalism.

Keywords: European Union, regionalism, regional organization, regional integration, interregionalism, global governance

Suggested Citation

Söderbaum, Fredrik and Stålgren, Patrik and Van Langenhove, Luk, EU as a Global Actor and the Dynamics of Interregionalism: A Comparative Analysis (2005). Journal of European Integration, Vol 27, No 3, pp. 365-380, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399874

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