Southeast Asian Regional Governance: Political Economy, Regulatory Regionalism and ASEAN Integration
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This chapter explains the emergence of regulatory regionalism in Southeast Asia. Departing from traditional treatments of regionalism as limited by the reluctance of states to cede sovereignty to supranational bodies, it argues that new forms of regional governance are being enabled by the emergence of regulatory statehood. Authority and decision-making are increasingly being relocated to regional spaces of governance, and domestic institutions are being reworked to impose international disciplines on domestic societies. However, this process is always contested by forces rooted in evolving political economy contexts, shaping the form, content and efficacy of regional governance. This is demonstrated with reference to the ASEAN Economic Community and other examples of economic governance.
KeywordsRegional governance Regionalism State transformation Regulatory regionalism ASEAN Economic Community
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