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The European example? : assessing opportunities to foster mutual economic cooperation in contemporary East Asia

Kunkel, Jan Malte (2016) The European example? : assessing opportunities to foster mutual economic cooperation in contemporary East Asia.

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Abstract:Contrarious opinions have gained momentum, concerned with the broad question whether East Asian cooperation is driven by either convergence or skepticism. Having been set this background, the study at hand is positioned within the salient academic discourse on how to build up an East Asian Community. Thereby the author engages in a comparative integration perspective, applying basic neo- functionalist and inter-governmentalist principles, well known to have shaped the European Integration process significantly, on the contemporary framework in East Asia. In accordance, the paper discusses to what extent the European incremental method of integration may offer substantial capacities and orientation in a more global context, specifically related to East Asia, using regionalism as a concept for peace and stability. Re-imagining what Neo-functionalism means in a non-European context, its deductions will account for the theoretical fundament supporting the controversial establishment of “a new political community” (Haas 1958) in this part of the world. The inter- governmentalist œuvre, and its liberal advancement, will be employed as the opposing string of theory, shedding light on the constraints of accelerated integration in the region. By narrating the preceding account of East Asian cooperation, the author aims to infer future policy implications relevant to foster regional economic cohesion. The eventual objective is hence depicting policy rationales which could promote the overcoming of weak, or respectively non-existent, regional regimes. Therein, the issue of enhancing regionalization in general and regional cohesion in particular will be stressed, since formalized economic cooperation is identified as the fundament of a furthered integration process in East Asia. In effect, the study is framed by process-tracing methods, following a systematic approach of analysis.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 83 economics, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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