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Integrating RegionsAsia in Comparative Context$
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Miles Kahler and Andrew MacIntyre

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783644

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783644.001.0001

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Regional Institutions in an Era of Globalization and Crisis

Regional Institutions in an Era of Globalization and Crisis

(p.3) 1 Regional Institutions in an Era of Globalization and Crisis
Integrating Regions

Miles Kahler

Stanford University Press

An explanation and assessment of Asian regional institutions first requires a definition of the key dimensions of institutional design. Three are key: decision rules, commitment devices, and membership rules. Asian regional institutions display particular characteristics on these dimensions. Structural characteristics shape the configuration of regional institutions in Asia and elsewhere. Feedback effects, distinctive links between security and economic integration, and differing weights assigned to regional, global, and sub-regional institutions mark the trajectories of regional institutions. Regional institutions in Latin America and other developing regions diverge less from Asia than European institutions. Radical change in Asian regional institutions is unlikely. The likeliest route to change will be elite-based and demand-driven: a calculation that the agenda of deeper integration is necessary for continued economic growth and political survival.

Keywords:   regional institutions, Asia, feedback effects, economic integration, security, Latin America, European Union, deeper integration, decision rules, membership

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