De proliferatie van regionale integratie en het unieke karakter van de EU als wetenschappelijk probleem
This article presents an analytical framework to advance the comparative study of regional integration processes and to give a proper place to the EU within the field of regional integration studies. lt is argued that a single theory of regional integration is not possible and that in order to compare different integration processes a distinction needs to be made between three generations of regionalism: i) integration by removing (economic) barriers; ii) integration by building a supranational structure and (iii) integration by building a geopolitical identity. This framework allows to better situate the EU towards other integration schemes in the world : as an exponent of first generation regionalism, the EU can be studied as one of many hundreds integration schemes; as a form of second generation integration the EU can only be compared to a limited number of cases and with regard to third generation regionalism the EU is a N = 1 case.
How to Cite:
Van Langenhove, L., (2009) “De proliferatie van regionale integratie en het unieke karakter van de EU als wetenschappelijk probleem”, Res Publica 51(2), 217236.