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Conference on Networked Regionalism versus Institutional Regionalism


The conference report considers regionalism as of emerging central importance in systems of global governance. While states remain the main actors, increasingly regions and regional actors are managing complexities and interdependence arising from globalisation. The report examines the conceptual boundaries of “networked regionalism”- as manifested in regional entities such as ASEAN and APEC – versus “institutional regionalism”, epitomised by the EU model. It compares the trajectories of regionalism in these 3 blocs and where they may be headed in the future. The report also assesses how Asia and the EU deal with policy issues such as trade, environment and migration through the different, evolving processes and mechanisms. It concludes that there is no single model of regionalism that would suit all regions, and that perhaps a more inclusive, networked forms of management could be more effective to deal with transnational, transboundary problems.