Regional actorness and interregional relations : ASEAN, the EU and Mercosur

Show simple item record Mattheis, Frank Wunderlich, Uwe 2018-04-05T09:11:26Z 2017-06
dc.description.abstract The European Union (EU) has a long tradition of interregional dialogue mechanisms with other regional organisations and is using these relations to project its own model of institutionalised actorness. This is partly motivated by the emerging actorness of the EU itself, which benefits from fostering capable regional counterparts in other parts of the world. This article advances the argument that actorness, which we conceptualise in terms of institutions, recognition and identity, is a relational concept, dependent on context and perception. Taking the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) and their relations with the EU as case studies, this article demonstrates that the actorness capabilities of all three organisations have been enhanced as result of ASEAN-EU and Mercosur-EU relations. However, there are clear limits to the development of the three components of regional actorness and to the interregional relations themselves. While there is evidence of institutional enhancement in ASEAN and Mercosur, these formal changes have been grafted on top of firmly entrenched normative underpinnings. The formation of different identities and institutional capacities has narrowed the scope of EU interregionalism despite the initial success of improved regional actorness. en_ZA
dc.description.department Political Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2018-12-02
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Frank Mattheis & Uwe Wunderlich (2017) Regional actorness and interregional relations: ASEAN, the EU and Mercosur, Journal of European Integration, 39:6, 723-738, DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2017.1333503. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0703-6337 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1477-2280 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/07036337.2017.1333503
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of European Integration, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 723-738, 2017, doi : 10.1080/07036337.2017.1333503. Journal of European Integration is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject European Union (EU) en_ZA
dc.subject Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) en_ZA
dc.subject Common Market of the South (Mercosur) en_ZA
dc.subject Actorness en_ZA
dc.subject Interregionalism en_ZA
dc.subject Regional organisations en_ZA
dc.title Regional actorness and interregional relations : ASEAN, the EU and Mercosur en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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