Crafting cooperation: Regional international institutions in comparative perspective

Amitav Acharya, Alastair Iain Johnston

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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.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages318
ISBN (Electronic)9780511491436
ISBN (Print)0521876036, 9780521876032
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

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