• Kevin G. Cai
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This work is a study of the politics of economic regionalism with special reference to East Asia. Regionalism is a very important phenomenon in the contemporary global economic system, which is situated between multilateralism at one end and nationalism at the other in terms of attitude and policy orientation of nation-states. While regionalism might be manifested in different forms in different regions, it generally conveys an idea that nations and peoples in a specific international region express a common sense of identity and pursue a common objective of “greater coherence” through “structures, processes and arrangements … in terms of economic, political, security, socio-cultural and other kinds of linkages.”1


Analytical Framework World Economy Regional Integration Regional Cooperation Preferential Trade Agreement 
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