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The politics of regionalism: APEC and the EU in comparative perspective

Beeson, M. and Jayasuriya, K. (1997) The politics of regionalism: APEC and the EU in comparative perspective. Institut for Historie, Internationale Studier og Samfundsforhold, Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark.

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Abstract

The paper is a comparative analysis of APEC and the EU which looks at the particular sorts of economic orders these institutions are helping to create. The paper argues that the two regions display some. noteworthy differences that result from different approaches to the problem of economlc governance. We suggest that these different approaches flow from different 'political rationalities', that are themselves a function of the very different liberal and illiberal polities in Europe and East Asia. Although states are involved in the construction of markets in both regions, the much closer relationship between government and business, and the absence of a significant institutional infrastructure outside of the state in East Asia means that the regional economic order being created there is likely to be very different from Europe, and the site of great political contestation between APEC's East Asian and 'Anglo-American' members.

Publication Type: Working Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Series Name: Working Paper. Aalborg University. Research Center on Development and International Relations (DIR)
Publisher: Institut for Historie, Internationale Studier og Samfundsforhold, Aalborg Universitet
Other Information: No. 59
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/31304
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