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Rethinking the “New Regionalism” in the Context of Globalization

Rethinking the “New Regionalism” in the Context of Globalization Global Governance 2 (1996), 189-213 Rethinking the "New Regionalism" in the Context of Globalization (@ Tames H. Mittelman ollowing the decline in theory and practice in the 1970s, regional­ F ism both revived and changed dramatically in the 1980s and has gained strength in the 1990s. Regionalism today is emerging as a potent force in the globalization process. If globalization is understood to mean the compression of the time and space aspects of social relations, then regionalism may be regarded as but one component of globalization. In this sense, regionalism is a chapter of globalization. But regionalism may also be a response or a challenge to globalization. Thus, the central questions that frame this study are: Is regionalism merely a way station toward neoliberal globalization or a means toward a more pluralistic world order in which distinct patterns of socioeconomic organization coexist and compete for popular support? What forms does this dialectic take? What is the analytical key to understanding the evolv­ ing linkages between these multifaceted processes? In answers to these questions, regionalist processes may best be un­ as arenas for contestation among rival forces from above and derstood from below, gaining and losing ground in different parts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Rethinking the “New Regionalism” in the Context of Globalization

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-002-02-90000004
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Global Governance 2 (1996), 189-213 Rethinking the "New Regionalism" in the Context of Globalization (@ Tames H. Mittelman ollowing the decline in theory and practice in the 1970s, regional­ F ism both revived and changed dramatically in the 1980s and has gained strength in the 1990s. Regionalism today is emerging as a potent force in the globalization process. If globalization is understood to mean the compression of the time and space aspects of social relations, then regionalism may be regarded as but one component of globalization. In this sense, regionalism is a chapter of globalization. But regionalism may also be a response or a challenge to globalization. Thus, the central questions that frame this study are: Is regionalism merely a way station toward neoliberal globalization or a means toward a more pluralistic world order in which distinct patterns of socioeconomic organization coexist and compete for popular support? What forms does this dialectic take? What is the analytical key to understanding the evolv­ ing linkages between these multifaceted processes? In answers to these questions, regionalist processes may best be un­ as arenas for contestation among rival forces from above and derstood from below, gaining and losing ground in different parts

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Jul 19, 1996

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