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A Political Sociology of Regionalisms

Perspectives for a Comparison

Benefits

  • Focus on empirical perspectives in its study of regionalism

  • Employs an actor-centered and political sociology approach

  • Uses a transversal approach to regional studies

Book

Table of contents

About this book

Introduction

This book provides an alternative approach to regionalism in neglected parts of the world. Taking stock of several decades of conceptualization, the author provides a political sociology approach of regionalisms fed by recent contributions from the sociology of international relations and public policy analysis. It uses a methodological rather than theoretical framework to bring a new perspective on an emerging field of comparative regionalism. The relational dimensions, the social contexts and characteristics of actors and their practices are key to shed a new light on what is considered in this book as a ‘social international phenomenon’.
 
Kevin Parthenay is Lecturer in Political Science at Sciences Po, France. Attached to the Centre for International Research and Studies (CERI) and to the Political Observatory for Latin American and the Caribbean (OPALC), his research focuses on comparative regionalism, Central American democracies and foreign policies.

Keywords

comparative regionalism politcal sociology comparing regionalisms development studies regional studies socio-historical approach to regionalism empirical approach to regionalism Latin American policies foreign policies Asian policies African policies regional organizations regional initiative comparative perspective to regionalisms International research International studies perspectives for comparison global regionalism regional development in Latin America regional development in Africa and Asia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sciences PoParisFrance

About the authors

 Kevin Parthenay is Lecturer in Political Science at Sciences Po, France. Attached to the Centre for International Research and Studies (CERI) and to the Political Observatory for Latin American and the Caribbean (OPALC), his research focuses on comparative regionalism, Central American democracies and foreign policies.

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Reviews

“This book makes a decidedly contribution to the emerging field of comparative regionalism. It makes the case for a methodological breakthrough based on political sociology. Bringing in the actors, their relations and their beliefs, it represents a giant step in our constant quest to better account for global evolutions.” (Olivier Dabène, Professor, Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), France)“At a time when the contours and substance of the world of regions feature as moving and elusive areas of investigation, Kevin Parthenay’s concise volume is a refreshing methodological and theoretical contribution to the comparative study of regionalisms. By focussing on the diversity of pathways and  representations within the world of regionalisms, the author manages to reconcile the legacy of the post-cold war world of the 1990s with such recent developments as the Brexit, the post- Trans-Pacific Partnership world or China’s Belt and Road initiative.” (Daniel C. Bach, Professor, University of Bordeaux, France)