Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective

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Amitav Acharya, Alastair Iain Johnston
Cambridge University Press, 2007 M11 22
Regional institutions are an increasingly prominent feature of world politics. Their characteristics and performance vary widely: some are highly legalistic and bureaucratic, while others are informal and flexible. They also differ in terms of inclusiveness, decision-making rules and commitment to the non-interference principle. This is the first book to offer a conceptual framework for comparing the design and effectiveness of regional international institutions, including the EU, NATO, ASEAN, OAS, AU and the Arab League. The case studies, by a group of leading scholars of regional institutions, offer a rigorous, historically informed analysis of the differences and similarities in institutions across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. The chapters provide a more theoretically and empirically diverse analysis of the design and efficacy of regional institutions than heretofore available.
 

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Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations in the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, SIngapore.

Alastair Iain Johnston is the Laine Professor of China in World Affairs in the Government Department at Harvard University.

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