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The new regional organisation: incentives, rules and constitutional implications

Lane, Jan-Erik (2007) The new regional organisation: incentives, rules and constitutional implications. Zeitschrift Für Staats- und Europawissenschaften, 5 . pp. 566-583. ISSN 1610-7780

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Abstract

Regional organisations have been mushrooming since the turn of the century. Regional organisation is attractive because it offers flexible responses to the challenges of globalisation. However, the uncertainty with respect to regional organisation is endemic since governments tend to postpone or renege on ambitious plans for far-reaching regionalisation, not knowing what its implications would be. When a regional organisation engages in a common market project, then the question of the ratio of benefits against costs becomes so highly relevant that constitutional decision-making is called for. A new structure for economic regulation must be designed and enforced, the consequences of which spill over into other state regulations. A regional trading block must devise and run a minimum of common institutions in order to qualify as an organisation. In a maximum approach, a regional organisation takes over public competences from the participating nation-states. Regionalism is on its way to becoming a new interdisciplinary field in the social and economic sciences. This article stresses real agency as opposed to regional blocks that may be created for the mere purpose of political symbolism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2007 15:40
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 18:45
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/172
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